Monday, January 21, 2013

Steve Jobs' home burglar sentenced to seven years in state prison

Kariem McFarlin, the man who burglarized the home of Steve Jobs, the late, iconic Apple co-founder, has been sentenced to seven years in state prison by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge, it was reported on Friday.

McFarlin, 35, of Alameda, was arrested last year after he burglarized Jobs' former residence -- still the residence of his widow and children -- on Waverley Street on July 17. Jobs had lived in the home until his death on Oct. 5, 2011.

At the time of the burglary, the home was under renovation and was surrounded by a construction barrier, making it an obvious target. Jobs' wife and their children were not living in the residence at the time.

In order to enter the home, McFarlin stole a key hidden in a storage shed that was being used by the contractor. He took approximately $60,000 of jewelry, electronics, and computers, along with some personal items, including Jobs' wallet and driver's license.

McFarlin was arrested on Aug. 2, 2012, after Palo Alto authorities and investigators from the regional Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) Task Force used data obtained from Apple and AT&T to find the stolen computers. The computers were connected to the Internet from McFarlin's home, making them easily locatable by computer experts.

Not all the electronics were there, though. McFarlin had given a 64GB iPad to a friend, Kenneth Kahn, 47, who was unaware it was stolen. Kahn, who clowned around with the device for a time -- he is a professional clown -- 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. It still hasn't really 100 percent set in for me. It was Steve Jobs' iPad -- literally. If this thing weren't so tragic, it would be comical.
McFarlin also reportedly gave another iPad to his own daughter; both devices were returned to the Jobs family after McFarlin was arrested. McFarlin pleaded no contest to the charges on Nov. 21, but wasn't sentenced untiol Friday. In addition to the Steve Jobs burglary, McFarlin did not dispute his involvement in a four-county burglary spree that included four other homes in the city of San Francisco and Marin and Alameda counties. He also admitted that he kept "hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property from those burglaries" at his home and a storage locker in Alameda. In addition to the seven-year sentence, McFarlin must pay restitution to all of his victims, though Deputy District Attorney Thomas Flattery could not recall the exact figure. McFarlin will receive 169 days of credit for time served, and with good behavior, could see his sentence cut to 3 1/2 after which he could be paroled, Flattery added.

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