The saga continues in the hunt for a missing iPhone 5 prototype, with the tale taking a disturbing twist as police revealed Apple employees accompanied officers as they ransacked a private residence in San Francisco.

Apple reportedly lost a prototype iPhone 5, the next iteration of its yet-to-be released smartphone, in a San Francisco bar late July. Police issued a statement Friday that they had traced the phone back to a residence, and Apple employees accompanied them as they raided the home.

"The two Apple (security) employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item. The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house," the police statement said.

The homeowner, 22-year-old Sergio Calderon, told media outlets that he went to the same bar where the device was lost but had no knowledge of the missing phone.

Full story: International Business Times