Calif. – The 21-year-old who
found a prototype Apple (NASD: AAPL) iPhone 4G in a bar and eventually sold it to a reporter
from Gizmodo says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner,
Redwood City, Calif. resident Brian Hogan told Wired.com, through his attorney
Jeffrey Bornstein. Hogan, who has been interviewed by authorities but not
charged with any crime, further told Wired.com through his attorney that
Gizmodo asserted to him that "there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone
with the tech press."
law considers a lost item stolen if the finder does not "make reasonable
and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property."
to Hogan’s lawyer, a friend of Hogan’s "offered to call Apple Care on Hogan’s
behalf," which Wired notes was "apparently the extent of Hogan’s
efforts to return the phone."
The owners of the bar where the phone was
lost also told reporters that Apple employee Gray Powell, who left the iPhone
in the bar, returned several times to see if it had been turned in.
Hogan then reached out to a number of technology publications, including Engadget and Wired.com, before selling the device to Gizmodo, whose reporter Jason Chen then published details on the unreleased device.
Chen is also under investigation in connection with the incident.
"[Hogan] made a mistake," his attorney told Wired.com. "He
should have just immediately turned that phone in."
(DMW previous coverage)