Police search home of Gizmodo blogger following iPhone scoop

(NBC) - The case of the lost iPhone is getting serious, and now includes actions by the San Mateo County District Attorney, a judge and a crime task force unit.

Members of multiple law enforcement agencies searched Jason Chen's home last Friday. While Chen was walking into his garage he told reporters he's been getting a lot of messages from reporters on Facebook, but said he wouldn't comment on the case.

Chen is the Gizmodo editor and blogger who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype that was found in a Redwood City bar a couple weeks ago.

On Friday, members of a computer crime task force seized computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets listed on a search warrant from Chen's home. They also took Chen's American Express bill and copies of his checks.

The warrant was issued by a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County and said the seized items may have been used to commit a felony.

Last week, Gizmodo posted photos of an Apple device that appeared to be a next-generation iPhone. It had been found in a bar in Redwood City, which is in San Mateo County, and sold for $5,000 by an unknown person to Gizmodo.

After Chen posted photos and details about the phone, Apple acknowledged the device belonged to the company. Gizmodo has since returned the device.

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