Purchased Stolen iPhone...Any Way to Find Original Owner to Return it?

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  1. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    So I'm an idiot and I purchased a stolen iPhone that is attached to an iCloud account and is basically a paperweight to me. As such, I'd rather return it to the original owner who lost it so they can get their phone back instead of it collecting dust in a drawer. Any way to find the original owner?
     
  2. SeilerBird macrumors regular

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    I would call the local police department and have them search the national database of stolen objects, if there is one.
     
  3. MaskedCarrot macrumors regular

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    Forget the local police department. Most people never file police reports.

    Take it to whichever carrier its on and they will find the original owner.
     
  4. cnev3 macrumors 6502

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    Give us more details. Did you buy it from craigslist, or ebay? Do you have the contact info of the seller?
     
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    What was that little ditty P.T. Barnum used to say?
     
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Hope you find them. It is possible they will let you keep and give you the code. Either way you are doing the "right" thing and very few here would do the same.
     
  8. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It was purchased on Craigslist and I should have checked the IMEI but I didn't even try to set it up until I got home when it told me it was linked to another iCloud account. I tried contacting the seller but he used a Google number and never answered or responded to any messages again.

    I did contact the police and they took down all the information about the phone and about the seller but they haven't been much help at all unfortunately.
     
  9. BeeGood macrumors 65816

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    Man I'm sorry to hear that. Some people really suck and I hate that you're our a few hundred bucks because of that.

    I second the guy who said take it to the carrier. The police will likely be no help and and if it was stolen in another jurisdiction they can't help you even if hey tried. Someone at your carrier store should be able to look up the IMEI on the back and find the owner. Good luck and kudos for doing the right thing!
     
  10. MH01 macrumors G4

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    awesome gesture from you OP to find the original owner. Good luck.
     
  11. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    i would contact the carrier or apple so they can track down the owner.
     
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