That's what CNET is reporting.
It says Apple never filed a police report, according to the SFPD, but company representatives contacted the cops, said the device was priceless and then showed up at a Bernal Heights home (to which Apple had electronically traced the phone) accompanied by police.
When San Francisco police and Apple's investigators visited the house, they spoke with a man in his twenties who acknowledged being at Cava 22 on the night the device went missing. But he denied knowing anything about the phone. The man gave police permission to search the house, and they found nothing, the source said. Before leaving the house, the Apple employees offered the man money for the phone no questions asked, the source said, adding that the man continued to deny he had knowledge of the phone.