Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Unknowing burglar robs Steve Jobs' house

As September approaches, most Apple-centric folks are focusing on the assumed iPhone 5 launch on Sept. 12. Others, however, might look to Oct. 5, which will be the anniversary of the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Not so this particular burglar, however.

Kariem McFarlin, a 35-year-old man from Alameda, Calif., is currently being held with on $500,000 bail, pending a court hearing on August 20. He was arrested and changed with burglary and selling stolen property, it was reported on Tuesday.

The defendant is accused of burglarizing the Palo Alto home of the late Steve Jobs on July 17, taking more than $60,000 in computers and other items, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office.

Despite the sheer number of computers and other electronics in the home, he apparently did not target the residence. McFarlin was unaware that the house, currently under renovation and unoccupied, once housed the late Silicon Valley icon.

The residence itself has been surrounded by a construction barrier since July. That sort of scenario, an obviously unoccupied house that was in an affluent neighborhood of Palo Alto, may have prompted the burglary.

"The house was under renovation," Scott Tsui, Santa Clara County supervising deputy district attorney said, "so you know how that can be. I didn't see the house myself, but I'm not sure if the conditions of the perimeter were as secure as they would have been with a regular house. I think that may have given the defendant an opportunity to break in."

Jobs was, of course, a celebrity, and to some in the Apple fanboy legion, a near god. Tsui added, "It's unfortunate. The fact that Mr. Jobs was a famous person makes it a little bit different. But other than that, we're not seeing too much of a difference from other burglaries."

There is one difference: because high-tech components were involved, Tsui said his office's high-technology crimes unit was involved in investigating the case.

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