Police Chief Orders 10 Officers To Hunt For Son's Stolen iPhone

Berkeley PoliceSomeone stole your iPhone. You cry a little bit. You remind yourself that it's just a material object and you have your health and a loving family. You cry a little bit because you didn't back up your photos. And then you spend an hour looking for cheap refurbished iPhones on eBay.

Or if your dad's a police chief, you get an army of police officers to go look for it.

Berkeley police chief Michael Meehan ordered 10 of his police officers, some from the Drugs Task Force, to follow the trail of his son's iPhone tracking software, knocking door to door in north Oakland, with no success, reports a local website, Berkleyside.

Meehan's son's iPhone was reportedly stolen from his locker at Berkeley High back in January. The department didn't file a report about the investigation, according to news reports.

Some taxpayers were not thrilled that they paid an estimated $740 in overtime to four employees for the investigation -- more than the price of a brand spanking new 64GB iPhone 4S.

"If everybody is allowed to get their cellphone that way that would be great, because I've lost a number of cellphones," local resident Mike Anderson told Bay Area television station KGO-TV.

Meehan defended the decision to the Oakland Tribune, saying that 11 officers were called out in two other stolen iPhone cases. "I think it was worth it," he said about the cost.

But Berkleyside quoted a police officer anonymously as saying that he thought the whole thing was kind of weird. "I'm surprised at the manpower that was spent on the case," he said, adding that "if it had been anyone else, they would have made a report."

Meehan already is under investigation for an incident back in March, when he allegedly sent an officer to a reporter's house at 12:45 a.m. to ask for a correction to a story. Meehan apologized, but the review is going to cost the city a reported $25,000.

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