A burglar broke who broke into the Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto home was caught shortly after he switched one of them on. Burglar didn’t know it was Jobs’ house until he saw mail addressed to the former Apple CEO inside the house.
Jobs seems to be making the headlines even after his death. On July 17, 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin targeted Jobs’ unoccupied Palo Alto home because it was under renovation, he hopped over the construction fence surrounding the property and entered the house after finding a spare key.
Mercury News reports that McFarlin took multiple iPhones, iPads, Macs, and iPods, as well as Beats Dr Dre headphones, thousands of dollars of Tiffany & Co. jewelry, Cristal Champagne, a soda maker, and a blender as part of his haul. He also took Jobs’ wallet, which had his driver’s license, a dollar, and a couple of credit cards inside.
The burglar gave away himself when he switched on one of the Apple devices to connect to his iTunes account and Apple investigators were able to identify him using an IP address, police swarmed his apartment and said they found many of the items from the Palo Alto.
It was Jobs’ company’s technology that allowed Apple and a special Silicon Valley high-tech crime task force to track down the burglary suspect.
A 36-page police report shows in intricate detail how the Waverley Street Jobs home was burglarized between 5 p.m. July 17 and 8 a.m. the next day. McFarlin was arrested Aug. 2 and is in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
“What an idiot,” McFarlin’s former boss Ross Rankin told this newspaper Tuesday, the morning after news broke of the burglary at one of Silicon Valley’s most famous residences. “There’s certain things you don’t do, and burglary is one of them, but burglarizing an icon like that, that just puts yourself pretty much in the deep hole.”
McFarlin was a defensive back for the San Jose State football team in 1998 and earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2004, the university said,
It seems he was a nerd at high school, his friends said and never hanged out with cliques.
McFarlin confessed to the police and also wrote an apology letter to Jobs’ widow…