World Bulletin / News Desk
A thief burglarized Steve Jobs' house in the high-tech hub of Palo Alto, California, stealing the late Apple co-founder's wallet, more than $60,000 in jewelry and several computers, but was unaware of whose home he had broken into, authorities said.
Kariem McFarlin, 35, was charged with burglary and selling stolen property after the July 17 break-in, when the house was unoccupied during renovations, said Scott Tsui, a Santa Clara County prosecutor.
The July 17 burglary came just over nine months after Jobs died in October at age 56 after a battle with cancer. His Silicon Valley home, about 30 miles (48 km) south of San Francisco, briefly became a gathering place for admirers who left flowers on the sidewalk out front.
McFarlin did not appear to know the house, an English country-style home, belonged to Jobs when he entered the property, Tsui said.
"We don't have any evidence to show his house was targeted," Tsui said. "All we know is that it was a random burglary that can happen to people."
Jobs' widow, Laurene, told investigators the home had been undergoing a major renovation since June and was uninhabitable, and that she was living on a nearby property at the time of the break-in, according to a police report filed in court.
McFarlin, who faces an Aug. 20 plea hearing, told investigators he was driving around in Palo Alto and saw the house was being renovated so he decided to burglarize it, according to documents from the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) of the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
The multi-agency task force is a unique Silicon Valley-based law enforcement operation that handles high-tech crimes.
iMACS, iPADS, JEWELRY
McFarlin told investigators he had learned from previous break-ins to target homes under construction because they were likely to be vacant, the REACT report said.
McFarlin also said he stole several computers, including two iMacs and three iPads, as well as a diamond necklace, earrings and other items, according to REACT documents filed in court.
Also taken was Jobs' wallet with the late tech giant's California driver's license and some credit cards, the REACT papers said. The wallet was retrieved in a search of McFarlin's storage locker, according to the documents.
Of the pieces of jewelry taken from the home, a platinum and aquamarine necklace was valued at $33,000, according to a Tiffany & Co valuation included in the court papers. That item and other jewelry taken from the home totaled over $60,000, the court papers said.
A Pennsylvania jewelry broker said McFarlin sold him some jewelry in late July that he claimed to have inherited, according to a police report included in the court papers. McFarlin shipped the items to the broker, the report said.
Police tracked down McFarlin with help from Apple investigators, who noticed an iPad stolen from the Jobs house was connected to the company's servers on July 18, the morning after the burglary.
The user of the iPad was re-installing the operating system, the papers said, and by tracing the Internet connection, police found McFarlin's home in Alameda, just south of Oakland.
He was arrested Aug. 2 and held on $500,000 bail, according to Santa Clara County inmate records.
Palo Alto police declined to comment as did a spokeswoman for Jobs' widow. An attorney for McFarlin could not immediately be reached for comment.
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