Police arrest man suspected of selling stolen iPhones in Denver

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Denver Police arrested Michael Bourukhov on Aug. 27, 2012 after they say he sold them and others stolen iPhones.

Denver Police arrested Michael Bourukhov on Aug. 27, 2012 after they say he sold them and others stolen iPhones.

DENVER — Law enforcement agencies always advise a “buyer beware” approach when making internet purchases. They’re doing it once more Tuesday morning – this time in reference to iPhones for sale on Craigslist.

Officers began monitoring a Denver apartment after a young entrepreneur came forward saying he had mistakenly bought a stolen phone.

Shortly after that, Jacob Zax, an East High School student who is designing a new iphone application with his friends, bought an iphone from the same Craigslist dealer at what he thought was a good price — $299.

It turns out it was too good to be true.

Zax said he figured out he too had bought a stolen phone when he looked at some of the pictures that were stored on the device.

“I could tell the value of that phone to (the woman who it was stolen from) was totally incalculable,” Zax said. “I definitely feel good about getting it back to her, and I would hope somebody would do the same for me.”

After Zax reported his stolen phone purchase, police set up a sting operation with the Craigslist seller and arrested Michael Borukhov after they said he tried to sell them another phone. Inside Borukhov’s residence they say they found several more stolen phones.

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