writes: "The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that "Four San Francisco police officers provided backup to two private Apple investigators who were searching for an iPhone prototype that they say was lost in a Mission District restaurant in July."
CNet has the official press release from the SFPD
September 2, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE ASSIST APPLE SECURITY
WITH THEIR LOST PROPERTY INVESTIGATION
After speaking with Apple representatives, we were given information which helped us determine what occurred. It was discovered that Apple employees called Mission Police station directly, wanting assistance in tracking down a lost item. Apple had tracked the lost item to a house located in the 500 block of Anderson Street. Because the address was in the Ingleside Police district Apple employees were referred to Officers in the Ingleside district. Four SFPD Officers accompanied Apple employees to the Anderson street home. The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item. The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house.
The Apple employees did not want to make an official report of the lost item.
Somehow I doubt that the average Joe or Jane Q. Public will be given 4 police officers to use as window dressing when they want to intimidate someone."