DETROIT: Three Detroit-area teenagers have been charged with selling fake new Apple iPhones to a local business that were made of Play-Doh modelling compound, police said.
The three male teenagers, plus a fourth who has not been charged but remains under investigation, sold a Metro PCS store owner in Auburn Hills, outside Detroit, what appeared to be brand new iPhones still in the box and sealed with factory plastic, the Auburn Hills Police Department said.
When the owner opened the box, however, they were filled instead with Play-Doh bricks.
Police said the store owner called the teens back and arranged a second sale, and then contacted police. The four men returned to the store with "more phones," but fled before the deal was closed, police said. They were located and arrested shortly after that.
In a search of the teens' rental car, police found a backpack with phone boxes filled with Play-Doh, about US$500 (RM1,903) in cash and clothes.
"They were trying to make some dough with some Play-Doh," Auburn Hills police Lieutenant Jill McDonnell said.
The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office charged Tommy Taren Hailey, 19, of Southfield, and Gregory Jumel Allen, 17, of Redford, with larceny by false pretences – US$1,000 (RM3,807) to US$20,000 (RM76,142), and attempted larceny by false pretences – US$1,000 (RM3,807) to US$20,000 (RM76,142).
Kejuan Roy Gordan, 19, of Redford, was charged with attempted larceny by false pretences - US$1,000 (RM3,807) to US$20,000 (RM76,142).
Not guilty pleas were entered on the behalf of the three teens and they are due back in court for a pre-exam conference on Aug 3, police said. Hailey and Gordon were each given a US$15,000 (RM57,106) personal bond, and Allen was given a US$10,000 (RM38,071) personal bond. – Reuters