Apple's VP of Global Security Steps Down

iPhone 4S Black White - P 2011

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John Theriault came under fire after news broke that Apple security posed as police officers in an attempt to recover a lost iPhone 4S prototype this summer.

Following a public controversy this summer, Apple's vp of global security, John Theriault has left the company, 9 to 5 Mac reports

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Theriault, who has served as Apple's head of security operations since 2007, was in charge when news broke that security officials for the notoriously private company had impersonated police officers in order to search the home of an individual who was believed to have recovered a lost prototype for the now-released iPhone 4S. 

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The San Francisco Police Department has been reported to be investigating the situation, asking the owners of the bar where the Apple employee lost the unreleased iPhone 4S for the surveillance footage. 

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Theriault's departure is one of many in the company's exec roster as of late. On Oct. 31, SVP of retail, Ron Jonson left his post to become CEO of J.C. Penney, the SVP of Mac OS X Bertrand Serlet retired in March and in August Andy Miller, the vp of mobile advertising left the company as well.

Prior to joining Apple, where he led an anti-counterfeit team in 2008, Theriault worked as Chief Security Officer and vp at Pfizer Inc. after serving as a special agent in the FBI. 

Apple's founder and chairman, Steve Jobs died Oct. 5.