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iPhone owner tricks thief by using OKCupid to get phone back

Jan. 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM ET

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Nadav Nirenberg wasn't without his iPhone for long after he figured out a novel way to get it back from the thief.

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 the OKCupid app on his phone.

Nirenberg logged on to online dating site and offered the man a date — posing as a woman. He even posted a picture of a pretty girl.

When the culprit arrived at Nirenberg's Brooklyn apartment building with wine, the musician greeted him with a $20 bill (for the return of the phone), while holding a hammer — just in case.

The thief handed him the iPhone and left without a word.

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