Stolen iPhone recovered with dating app, hammer
A web page is displayed on an Apple iPhone. (The Canadian Press/Graeme Roy)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, January 5, 2013 8:37PM EST
NEW YORK -- A New York City musician used a combination of technology, seduction, a hammer and a bribe to reclaim his missing iPhone from a confused crook.
Jazz trombonist Nadav Nirenberg says he left the phone in a livery cab on New Year's Eve. The next morning, the 27-year-old learned via email that someone was sending messages to women using a dating app on the phone.
Nirenberg logged on to the service and offered the man a date -- posing as a woman. He even posted a picture of a pretty girl.
When the culprit arrived at Nirenberg's Brooklyn apartment building with wine, the musician greeted him with a $20 bill while holding a hammer -- just in case.
The thief handed him the iPhone and left without a word.