Thoughtful iPhone Burglar Sends Victim Handwritten List of 1,000 Contacts


Always use one of these, too. (Photo:

Always use one of these, too. (Photo:

Having your smartphone stolen tends to lead to a lot of aggravation, especially when it comes to replacing all of those lost contacts. So a thief in China had the decency to at least return the contacts–on a handwritten list that ran 11 pages.

According to the Independent, Zou Bin had his iPhone stolen by a fellow cab passenger earlier this month in the province of Huan. He found the robber’s cell phone number and told him to send the phone back. 

“I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you,” Mr. Bin texted to the crook. He added that if they were “sensible,” they should return his phone by finding the address on his phone.

Well, the robber sort of did that. A few days later he got his SIM card back and his 1,000-plus list of contacts (with names!) on a pile of paper. “I suppose (the thief’s) hand is swelling,” he told AFP.

It’s a shame he isn’t going to get his unused iTunes credit back.