Recently a Toronto iPhone owner had his iPhone and wallet stolen. The person who ended up with the stolen iPhone took it to the Apple Store to get it fixed. The “genius” gave the person a free replacement iPhone and put the stolen iPhone in the back for service. Apple understandably won’t get involved in recovering stolen devices otherwise people would not contact the police.
As reported by Francine Kopun, business reporter at Toronto Star, the local police did go to the Apple Store and recovered the iPhone. In the end the owner, Scott Barkley, got his iPhone back, the thief’s client got a free iPhone and Apple is out $500.