Saturday, August 18, 2012

Man clowns around with device after friend gives him iPad stolen from Steve Jobs' house

Kariem McFarlin, a 35-year-old man from Alameda, Calif., was apparently magnanimous with the ill-gotten loot that he stole from the late Steve Jobs' house. The unknowing criminal took a treasure trove of electronics and computers from Jobs' house, and was generous - to his friends - giving a number of them part of the loot.

One of those was Kenneth Kahn, 47. What did he do with Steve Jobs' iPad during the time he possessed it? He clowned around with it, literally.

Kahn is a professional clown who goes by the name Kenny the Clown. Instead of loading the device with apps, he added the "Pink Panther" theme song and Michael Jackson music to the iPad, and used it to entertain Bay Area residents and tourists during his clown routine.

Speaking on Thursday, Kahn said, "It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house. It's bizarre; it's really bizarre."

McFarlin is accused of stealing iPads, iPods, Macs, [Tiffany & Co.] jewelry, and even Jobs' wallet and driver's license by using a spare key he found on the property to break into the home, which was under renovation.

Police McFarlin gave Kahn a silver 64GB iPad that was stolen from the property on July 17. McFarlin also allegedly gave another iPad to his own daughter; both devices were returned to the Jobs family after McFarlin was arrested on Aug. 2, police said.

Kahn thought he was simply receiving a hand-me-down iPad from his friend. There were not photos, apps, or other identifying material on the device to make him suspicious. He said, "I didn't notice anything special or anything like that. It was silver; it looked normal. I was basically using it like an iPod."

Kahn added that he only had the iPad for a few days before police came calling and asked for it to be returned.

McFarlin has confessed to the crime, police said, He is currently being held with on $500,000 bail, and faces a court hearing on Aug. 20.

"It still hasn't really 100 percent set in for me. It was Steve Jobs' iPad -- literally," Kahn said. "If this thing weren't so tragic, it would be comical."

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