A New York City musician used a combination of technology, seduction, a hammer and a bribe to reclaim his missing iPhone from a confused crook.
Jazz trombonist Nadav Nirenberg says he left the phone in a livery cab on New Year's Eve. The next morning, the 27-year-old learned via email that someone was sending messages to women using a dating app on the phone.
“It was immediately turned off when I called it. This dude was clearly keeping it,” Nirenberg wrote on his blog, according to MyFox8.com.
Nirenberg logged on to the service and offered the man a date -- posing as a 24-year-old woman.
MyFox8.com reports that Nirenberg used a photo of an attractive woman he found on Google Images and was able to get the thief to respond to his messages.
When the culprit arrived at Nirenberg's Brooklyn apartment building with wine, the musician greeted him with a $20 bill while holding a hammer -- just in case.
The thief handed him the iPhone and left without a word.
Nirenberg told the New York Post he likely won't file a police report, according to MyFox8.com.