No, a judge declared last week, a burglar who drops his phone as he
flees the house has no privacy right that would prevent police from
searching the phone to track him down…
…and lead them to find evidence incriminating him in a separate, earlier
crime of kidnapping.
The legal argument was about the difference between simply leaving a
phone behind (in a pitch-black house that you’ve broken into) vs.
abandoning the device.
The device in question – a Samsung Galaxy – was dropped by Matthew
Muller, who admitted to the March 2015 burglary of a house in Dublin,