An iPhone X seized as part of an investigation was remotely wiped by its owner. This begs the question: Does wiping an iPhone count as destruction of evidence?

Police believe Juelle L. Grant, 24, of Willow Avenue, may have been the driver of a vehicle involved in an Oct. 23 drive-by shooting on Van Vranken Avenue, near Lang Street, so they obtained her phone, according to police allegations filed in court.

No one was injured in the shooting. After police took her iPhone X, telling her it was considered evidence, “she did remotely wipe” the device, according to police.

This will be an interesting case to watch, and could set the tone for future phone-related incidents.

Check It Out: Does Wiping an iPhone Count as Destroying Evidence?

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    • geoduck

      It is my understanding that it can be set up to do that. I remember an article from a month or two ago that said police were being instructed to put any phones into a bag and not to look at them spacifically to avoid FaceID from locking them out/wiping the data

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