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Crime blotter: Capitol riot defendant who feared exposure to iCloud pleads guilty


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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, siblings in a Stanford MacBook theft ring plead guilty, a man pulls a knife while stealing a MacBook, and iCloud evidence is used in a meth lawsuit.

The last of a chance AppleInsider series, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.

Accused of Capitol riot that dumped iPhone in ocean pleads guilty

A man charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol has pleaded guilty. It was a case in which evidence from the man’s iCloud account was used against him.

According to the Justice Department, the 45-year-old man from North Carolina was associated with the Oath Keepers and faces up to 20 years in prison each for seditious conspiracy and obstruction of official process.

The DOJ also said the man “took steps to conceal incriminating evidence of his involvement in the conspiracy so that it was not stored in his Apple iCloud account”, and that a few weeks after the riot he had “dumped his only cell phone into the Atlantic Ocean to prevent law enforcement from uncovering incriminating evidence regarding his involvement in this conspiracy.”

A man pulled a knife while stealing MacBooks from Best Buy in New York

A man was caught on video stealing a pair of MacBook laptops from a Best Buy in Midtown Manhattan on April 23. NBC New York reports that a store employee told him to stop, at which point he pulled out a knife and said “try me”.

The employee, according to the report, “stepped back out of fear for his safety.”

Siblings sentenced to years in prison for stealing a MacBook

A sibling, one of whom worked at Stanford University, pleaded guilty in 2021 to a scheme in which they ordered MacBooks through the university and sold them.

The two were sentenced on April 18, the Justice Department said. Patricia Castaneda was sentenced to 33 months in prison, while her brother Eric Castaneda was sentenced to 18 months.

They were also ordered to pay restitution of, respectively, $4,077,832 and $2,283,155.

Apple provided iCloud evidence to authorities in ‘Adderall123’ case

Two men have been arrested for selling methamphetamine on the Dark Web under the name “Adderall123” – and Apple has granted law enforcement access to the iCloud account of one of the accused.

According to Dark Net livethe evidence included incriminating iMessages as well as a video of the defendant “taking round orange pills out of a large, clear, zippered bag and slipping the pills onto a piece of white paper.”

FedEx employee accused of stealing package with iPads

A FedEx employee in Alabama was charged in late April with first-degree theft after police said he stole a package with iPads. Fox 10 says the man was imprisoned and then released.

Millions of stolen goods in possession of accused thief included iPad

A 24-year-old man charged with theft in San Jose has been arrested and charged with holding storage lockers with millions of dollars in stolen property.

According to SFist, the man was charged with grand larceny, burglary, sale of stolen property and unlawful possession of weapons. It came after police found the iPad, which they say was stolen from a teacher’s car in Palo Alto, along with music equipment, go-karts and more than a million dollars worth of stolen medical equipment.

Man arrested for stealing MacBooks from church

An Ohio man was arrested in late April after he was caught on surveillance cameras robbing a local church. News 5 Cleveland reports that the stolen items included seven guitars and three MacBooks, as well as three Google Nest devices.

The suspect was charged with breaking and entering, theft, vandalism and hacking into a safe.

Police suspect man stole woman’s iPhone from casino slot machine

Police say a 53-year-old man is being considered a suspect after linking him to the theft of an iPhone 12 from a slot machine at the Valley Forge Casino Hotel in Pennsylvania.

According to Sanatoga postthe man was captured, presumably under video surveillance, by local police working in the casino.

Woman arrested for robbing T-Mobile store

A woman has been arrested after an April 25 incident in which police say she robbed a T-Mobile store in Seattle and showed a gun when confronted.

KIRO explains that the woman brought wire cutters with her and attempted to cut the wires connecting the iPhones to the screen. When confronted by a store employee, the woman lifted her shirt to reveal a gun.

She left the store and then returned, cutting cables from a Samsung S22 Ultra phone and several smartwatches. She later escaped, in a car which is suspected to have been stolen and was also linked to another theft earlier in the day.

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