Well who would’ve thought that even Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs could get robbed! While Apple fanboys all over the world were busy watching the iPhone 5 rumor mill churn, the deceased iPhone maker’s home in Waverley Street, Palo Alto was apparently burglarized. Don’t worry, the guy didn’t steal patents and historical Steve Jobs mementos; we think he decided to break into someone’s house to see if he could steal and . And no, the iThief (as the tech press fondly calls him) isn’t an Apple fanboy who would like to take a tour of the genius’ study room. He actually had no idea it was Steve Jobs’ house! (Well he did find out eventually through a letter he found lying somewhere in the house addressed to Jobs.)
The 35 year old burglar named Kariem McFarlin was arrested on August 2 for residential burglary and attempting to and other stolen property that amounted to more than $60,000. He is now facing charges that could lead to seven years and eight months of imprisonment and half a million dollar for bail in the Santa Clara county jail. The iThief also faces a one year enhancement for “excessive taking of property” and was prosecuted five days after the said burglary.
So how was the iThief arrested? Apparently, it was Apple’s investigators who successfully tracked down McFarlin, a former San Jose State Football player. Police reports stated that McFarlin used the stolen Apple devices to connect to his iTunes account leading the Apple investigators to identify him using his IP address. The police arrested him in his Alameda apartment where they found an iMac, a Mac Mini, a demo-sized MacBook and Apple TV device. The iThief also reportedly gave his daughter one of the three iPads he found in Jobs’ residence and decided to units also stolen from the former CEO’s house. He also took Steve Jobs’ wallet that contained a number of credit cards (including an Apple issued company credit card) and his driver’s license, a soda maker, a Monster Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, a blender and a bottle of fancy champagne.
The police report detailed that Steve Jobs’ home, which was considered a Mecca for techies all over the world, was being renovated when it was burglarized on July 17. McFarlin reportedly entered the Jobs’ residence by climbing a scaffolding and hopping off a 6-foot fence after the construction crew left. He apparently found a spare key somewhere in the garage and walked in to the house finding out it was deserted. Later that night he used Jobs’ MacBook to find out how to sell iPhone and jewelry on Google. The iThief has reportedly shipped the stolen jewelry to Pennsylvania which included a platinum and aquamarine-bead necklace worth $33,000, a platinum necklace with 247 5-carat diamonds and 9 carved aquamarine drops worth $28,500 and a pair of earrings worth $2,950.
The Job’s residence was not the only house robbed in the Palo Alto area. The Silicon Valley community reported a 63 percent rise in burglaries within this year and police are becoming more and more relentless in reminding people to lock their doors and install alarms.