Burglar steals $60,000 worth of computers and personal items from Steve Jobs’ home

By , Aug 14, 2012

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto home was burglarized last month, according to a newspaper report today. The police included the crime in its weekend report log released to the media. A suspect was apprehended with $60,000 worth of stolen items, including computers and personal items.

Steve’s widow Laurene Powell Jobs and her children were probably not in the house when the crime took place as the Palo Alto house was surrounded with scaffolding last month amid major renovations.

A thief apparently was unaware of the famous home owners. The police wouldn’t release more details because charges had already been filed…

Jason Green, writing for The San Jose Mercury News:

The deceased Apple co-founder’s home on Waverley Street in Palo Alto was burglarized July 17, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery, a member of the high-technology crimes unit.

This was allegedly a random crime rather than a targeted burglary:

More than $60,000 worth of “computers and personal items” were allegedly stolen, but Flattery declined to say whether they belonged to Jobs, who died last year at the age of 56, or another family member.

Steve Jobs died in his Palo Alto home on October 5 of last year of respiratory arrest attributed to his years-long battle with cancer.

The suspect in custody has been identified as 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin. He was arraigned five days later on one count of residential burglary and selling stolen property.

He remains in county jail on $500,000 bail and could face a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months, including a one-year enhancement for “excessive taking of property”, according to District Attorney Tom Flattery.

Though the crime seem to be a random one, it’s interesting that the bulk of the stolen items is electronics and computers.

It’s entirely possible that McFarlin broke into the Jobs family’s home totally oblivious to who its residents were and just picked up whatever items he deemed valuable.

Contrary to his charismatic, mercurial public persona, Jobs lived a quiet and private life in his Palo Alto home. He wasn’t known for relying on security guards and cameras to protect his and his family’s privacy, like rich people mostly do.

What do you guys make of this?

Was this a random crime?

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  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    I get the feeling that the burgler knew exactly who’s home he was stealing from.

  • Kok Hean

    Guys, that’s where all the leaked iPhone parts are coming from. It all makes sense now :P

  • Alec Vanek

    He knew exactly where he was stealing from.

    • Loopthree

      I’d love to know how you came to that conclusion.

      • Alec Vanek

        R u trying to say he had no idea he was stealing from Steve Jobs? That’s like saying someone stole from a really big house in DC and didn’t know they were stealing from the white house.

      • Loopthree

        Thats just stupid.
        How many people know what the white house looks like, and its location?
        How many people know what Steve Jobs’ house looks like, and its location?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604885391 Richard Borkovec

    Wow, that’s insane. But being under renovations + being more offset from the main part of Palo Alto = easier to rob. At least they caught him.

  • http://twitter.com/MrJemRoxas Jem Roxas

    Oh. Maybe the thief is a fandroid. Lol joke. :D

    • 2008crna

      Did you mean fanboi?

  • http://twitter.com/owendbarnes Omęrtá

    I like that silly response about the iPhone parts. Happy it was just a burglary and no one was hurt…

  • http://twitter.com/HernandezEnoc1 Enoc hernandez

    I don’t think he new who were the residents of the house otherwise I don’t think he would it done it. I think nobody in the right mind would wana mess with Steve Jobs property.

    • Jared

      “He has a lot of money and expensive computers.. better rob the house next-door”

  • Daniel Levi

    one solution. he was an android fan looking to get revenge because their phone was so crappy

    • pegger1

      If he’s Android fan and his phone is crappy, how does is that getting revenge? He should be robbing Android then.

  • http://twitter.com/neilsardesai Neil Sardesai

    Did the thief not notice Steve’s car with no license plate?

  • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

    So it was 2 MacBook Airs, a Mac Pro with two cinema displays, an iPad 2 and a 27″ iMac? :p

    I kid I kid, I know that doesn’t add up, but just poking fun at high priced Apple gear.

    • http://twitter.com/Jbaile07 Jimmy Bailey

      I could customize a Mac Pro for 60,000 lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=728548305 Miras Safadi

    It deffinately not random robbery the report says that the family wasn’t in the house the robbery took place meaning the robber was watching their daily routine.