Follow-up on the iPhone theft +1 for Amex and SFPD

Posted by Tim Connor Fri, 27 Feb 2009 23:51:00 GMT

Getting insurance money from American Express for the theft of my iPhone was straight-forward. It is only the purchases price ($299 + tax), not the replacement value, but that is better than nothing.

Also an Inspector from the San Francisco Police Department just called me to record an electronic statement. Apparently they got good enough video from the muni cameras to make a bulletin from, so they want my statement on hand for a follow-up if someone identifies suspects. I have to say, throughout this SFPD has been friendly, responsive, and more pro-active than I expected. I wonder if that is at all affected by me being a well-off, educated, white, male? All I know is they seemed far more interested in this than SLC PD where for a car theft, and a couple break-ins, I had. Maybe the involvement of a gun make a difference.

On iPhone theft and chasing down an armed robber 8

Posted by Tim Connor Sat, 17 Jan 2009 22:33:00 GMT

Sorry for the stream of consciousness, lack of paragraphs, but I am still wired on adrenaline.

Those of you with my phone number, it won’t be good for a little bit. My phone just got snagged out of my hand on the bus. The guy doing the snatch and grab, ran out of the bus as he grabbed it, while his fat compatriot tailed behind him running interference. I kicked off my shoes as I chased after the guy with the phone and weaved around the fat guy out into the street and around the corner after my phone. I pushed the robber up against the chain link fence as I caught up to him, and his gun fell out of his pants. His fat buddy, behind me a little said something to the effect of “what the fuck are you doing” while he said “I didn’t grab it, it fell.” Thinking he meant he missed the grab I let him go as he fumbled for the gun (stupid, I know, but I didn’t know what else to do with him, what try and beat the snot out of the two of them, that’d be assault. And the gun hadn’t registered yet, or had just barely started falling) and went back to look for my phone. Of course, it wasn’t there because the robber had it.

The bus driver called it in to the cops, who took all my info and witness account and gave me a drive home. They are hoping to get something good off the cameras on the bus, and I have a case number. I am canceling all the passwords of things that might be saved on my phone, and already canceled service to it.


I just realized when he said “I didn’t grab it, it just fell” he was referring to his gun, to let me know he was not pulling it on me. That makes it somehow more real and scary to accept that he could have been.