Crazily, it seems the iPhone5 lost in a bar rumour reported by CNet does have legs after all – after initially denying not confirming the story, it now seems the SFPD did actually attend an unknown address in the Bernal Heights area along with two Apple employees, but that only the Apple employees entered and searched the home, while the police remained outside.

SFWeekly now reports:

Contradicting past statements that no records exist of police involvement in the search for the lost prototype, San Francisco Police Department spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield now tells SF Weekly that “three or four” SFPD officers accompanied two Apple security officials in an unusual search of a Bernal Heights man’s home.

Sergio Calderón owner of the residence being searched said that he was under the impression that all 6 people who arrived were police officers, and that the two that entered did not identify themselves as in fact being Apple employees.

“When they came to my house, they said they were SFPD,” Calderón said. “I thought they were SFPD. That’s why I let them in.” He said he would not have permitted the search if he had been aware the two people conducting it were not actually police officers.

Its unclear why the initial report was covered up, and why the Police only attended at the address, without entering and let the Apple employees go in alone.