Gizmodo iPhone 4G ‘finder’ found

California police have confirmed they have interviewed the person who 'found' a prototype Apple iPhone 4G in a restaurant and sold it to tech blog Gizmodo for $5,000.

"We’re still not saying it’s a crime," San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told reporters. "The investigation has contacted as many segments of the people involved in this situation, including the person who took the phone from the German beer garden. The police know who he is and they have talked to him."

The discovery of the individual who picked the iPhone up from a stool in a bar in Redwood City, California on 18 March after it was left behind by an Apple employee, has now turned attention back on to the blog after the home of its editor, Jason Chen, was raided by police last Friday night.

California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team ordered the search after Apple contacted police last Wednesday or Thursday to report the phone stolen.

Police seized several computers, a server and external hard drives from Chen’s house, as well as copies of paystubs and his American Express bill, leading to speculation that charges may be brought against the editor for handling stolen goods.