Apple's Gestapo Chief "Steps Down"

By Jesus Diaz on at

John Theriault — vice president of Apple's Gestapoarian Global Security services — has "stepped down." Theriault was under the command of Bruce Sewell, senior vice president, General Counsel, who used to report directly to Steve Jobs.

Jobs' very own Himmler was an special agent in the FBI who joined Apple in 2007, after a decade as Chief of Security at pharmaceutical company, Pfizer. At Apple he oversaw all of its security operations; from anti-counterfeit to the not-so-secret internal police force that controls Apple's own employees, referred as the World Wide Loyalty Team, which we reported on in 2009.

Theriault has resigned now, following the loss of an iPhone 4S prototype case. After an employee lost said iPhone prototype last August, three Apple security bullies allegedly flashed "badges" to get into the house of Sergio Calderon. Apple security goons thought that Calderon may be connected to the case, so they searched the house while San Francisco Police agents waited outside.

The scandal that follows may have been the last nail in Theriault's coffin. Previously Apple security thugs also tried to enter the house of the person who found the lost iPhone 4 prototype at Gourmet Haus Staudt, a biergarten in Redwood City, California. That iPhone prototype was lost by Apple's engineer Gray Powell. The finder's roommate refused entry to Apple's agents.

While Apple has not made any statement about Theriault leaving Apple, the connection with these two fiascos seems just a little too obvious. [9to5Mac]