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Thieves Struck Microsoft Campus, Steal iPads; Man Uses Dating Service to Get Back Stolen iPhone

Thieves stole 5 Apple iPads from Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus during the holiday break.

“Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View is presumably loaded with Microsoft’s latest and greatest products, but a thief decided to steal five Apple iPads from the company’s offices instead,” the Palo Alto Daily Post reports. Apparently, two iPad 2s, two iPad 3s, and one iPad 4 was stolen.

The story concludes, “No Microsoft products were reported stolen.”

The paper notes erroneously that the iPad 4 hasn’t yet been released. That’s the common (though not official) name for the current, fourth-generation iPad.

In other news, this one involves a guy who managed to get his stolen iPhone back by seducing the thief via online dating service OKCupid.

Nadav Nirenberg accidentally left his iPhone 4 in a taxi during a livery-cab ride to a gig in Midtown, New York City, on New Year’s Eve–later next morning he learned via an OKCupid e-mail alert that someone had been using the phone to send messages to girls.

“I could log on and see everything he was sending. He was even using my photo,” Nirenberg said. To get his phone back, Nirenberg lured out the thief by posing as a girl on a dating service.

He first created a phony online dating profile as a woman and used alluring photos of a woman on his fake profile, and sent romantic messages with “lots of winks and smiley faces” to the criminal, which then eventually resulted in a date at the “girl’s” house. During the course, the thief had been using Nirenberg’s stolen iPhone to scour the OKCupid dating service for love.

“As soon as he responded, it was pretty crazy. It was extremely surreal,” Nirenberg said. “Afterwards, I was pretty giddy.”

The date lasted 20 seconds, Nirenberg handed over $20 to securely get his phone back, and the thief walked away embarrassed. “As he was walking away, I said, ‘You smell great, though,’ ” Nirenberg quipped.

Apple Pad stolen from Microsoft Campus

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