I bought an stolen iPhone 5 from Craigslist on purpose.

FFAP1234

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I was looking to buy an unlocked iPhone to take it to South America and ended buying a phone that I new it was stolen. I thought about myself when my iPhone 5 was stolen and decided to buy it and return it to the owner. Of course it was only $140 looking like new no accessories nothing just fully charged.

I come home and read the number listed in the lacked iCloud, call the number and the person hung up on me. I thought I was doing something good, the police didn't help me in the pass with mine, I will only return the phone to the owner, how do I find him? Can somebody advise me? Thank you.
 
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You are doing something good. Have you tried calling them again? Don't call from a blocked number.
 

FFAP1234

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You are doing something good. Have you tried calling them again? Don't call from a blocked number.
I'm calling from my unblocked cell. I am totally lost, I really don't understand.
 

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Maybe if the number is a cell, text them?
Yes it is a cell #. I was able to talk to the person but hung on me. That is the number that is associated with the account.
 
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I know your intentions were good and it was a very thoughtful act, however, there isn't a high probability of this turning out as you pictured it. Unfortunately, most people, including the orignal owner, are going to assume you are either the thief or hoping to save money by buying a stolen iPhone.

The orginal owner may have changed their phone number and likely already has a replacement phone. Another possibility is that they sold the phone without knowing they needed to restore it first and the buyer got unintentionally screwed. In that case, the orginal owner already got their money, likely has already been harassed for their password and will have no intention of talking to anyone about this phone. If that's the case, that buyer was just trying to regain some of the money they lost and didn't technically steal it. There is no way of knowing, but the fact that the owner of the iCloud account wants nothing to do with anyone who currently has this phone is a very good hint.

I would just send one email to them and wait two days for a reply. If you don't get a reply, drop the phone off at an Apple Store or throw it away. Personally, I wouldn't want to deal with the questions Apple might ask and potentially get looked at as a thief, so I would just tell them I found it or throw it away.
 
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FFAP1234

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I know your intentions were good and that was a very thoughtful act, however, there isn't a high probability of this turning out well. Unfortunately, most people, including the orignal owner, are going to assume you are either the theif or hoping to save money buy buying a stolen iPhone.

The orginal owner may have changed their phone number and likely already has a replacement phone. Another possibility is that they sold the phone without knowing they needed to restore it first and the buyer got unintentionally screwed. In that case, the orginal owner already got their money, likely has already been harassed for their password and will have no intention of talking to anyone about this phone. If that's the case, that buyer was just trying to regain some of the money they lost and didn't technically steal it. There is no way of knowing, but the fact that the owner of the iCloud account wants nothing to do with anyone who currently has this phone is a very good hint.

I would just send one email to them and wait two days for a reply. If you don't get a reply, drop the phone off at an Apple Store or throw it away. Personally, I wouldn't want to deal with the questions Apple might ask and potentially get looked at as a theif, so I would just tell them I found it or throw it away.
And I thought I was going to make somebody's day. I inmediately call Apple Support to tell what happened and was advise to take it to the police and don't bring it to Apple Store. I don't have an email to contact the owner only a phone number that is on the phone. To this point by doing some searching I know it is s Verizon iPhone and has been reported as a stolen phone. When I connected it to iTunes it showed it a 16GB.

I do have a copy of the Craigslist add with the contact # of the person who sold it to me which isn't the same # that shows on the phone. I was thinking to call Verizon tomorrow and see what they tell me.

I just don't understand what is going on because up to today I would love to hear about my stolen iPhone 5. Thank you for your very wise advise.
 

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And isn't buying / possessing known stolen goods also illegal?
Yes it is. No matter how thoughtful you're intentions, it could come back on you sadly
 

FFAP1234

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And isn't buying / possessing known stolen goods also illegal?
Yes it is. No matter how thoughtful you're intentions, it could come back on you sadly
I thought more about what Europe said. I am not going to contact Verizon, I did my best by trying to contact the person's number that was on the phone. I won't try to do anything anymore, I do have proof of the Craigslist add and also of me texting the supposed owner. This is the end of me trying it. Thank you all for your advice : (
 

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I thought more about what Europe said. I am not going to contact Verizon, I did my best by trying to contact the person's number that was on the phone. I won't try to do anything anymore, I do have proof of the Craigslist add and also of me texting the supposed owner. This is the end of me trying it. Thank you all for your advice : (
The last sensitive thing to do now is to destroy the iPhone in the most creative way and post it to YouTube :D