Yesterday’s newspaper report told a story of 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin who last month burglarized the Jobs’ family house in Palo Alto, stealing $60,000 worth of computers and personal items.

The house was under renovation and surrounded by a temporary construction barrier, leading the police to speculate the homeless man raided it by accident.

A new report sheds more light on the crime and lists the stolen items. Among them: valuable Tiffany jewelry and Steve’s wallet with his annual salary in it…

That would mean one dollar as this famously used to Jobs’ annual salary for his work as the CEO of the company he co-founded.

Among other stolen items, according to The Daily (yeah, NewsCorp.’s dying digital publication):

• three iPads
• two iMacs
• one Apple TV
• one Sodastream soda maker
• one spare key
• Mercedes car keys

• one $30,000 Tiffany & Co. platinum and aquamarine necklace
• one $28,500 Tiffany & Co. diamond and aquamarine crochet necklace

Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, was informed that her home was burglarized on July 18, after the house manager spotted the spare key missing and the home turned over.

It’s interesting how the police apprehended the suspect:

McFarlin was quickly caught after he plugged in the various hot Apple hardware, which contacted central servers to upgrade itself. A task force made of Apple security and local Palo Alto police quickly traced the hot goods back to McFarlin.

According to the report, he justified the theft by explaining how cash-strapped he was:

McFarlin told cops that he had been living in his car and had chanced upon the abandoned Jobs home while sleeping on the street there. He decided it would be the target of his first robbery. Before the heat was on, the novice McFarlin quickly Googled how to fence the jewelry.

As for Steve Jobs’ wallet, it had in it a Black Titanium American Express card, an American Express corporate card, a Bank of America Visa card, California Driver’s License and a letter.


Steve Jobs and his wife Lauren Powell Jobs

The symbolic $1 per annum paycheck was instituted shortly after Jobs had returned to Apple’s helm in 1996 as a way of demonstrating Jobs’ belief in future potential of the then struggling company.

Of course, Jobs also held Apple shares worth $2.1 billion as of last October and Disney shares he had received in exchange for Disney’s acquisition of Pixar, worth over $4.4 billion as of October 2009.

Steve once joked that his annual salary was based on attending one meeting for 50 cents while the other 50 cents was based on his performance.

Call me superstitious, but I still carry my lucky dollar bill in my wallet.

Care to share what personal items of emotional value are in your wallet?

  • notewar

    A package of condom…the most valuable item while clubbing

    • lantzn

      Why would you need condoms when going after baby seals?

  • I’d say condom but come on.. Why would I use one when u can’t feel anything with one

    • BLTKOR

      Cant fell your HAND when you use a condom right?

      • Geeks on Hugs

        I use a condom with my hand. God knows where my hand has been.

  • Who the hell steals a Sodastream? lol

  • what an idiot…… he should have checked the home he was going to rob before doing it at least. I hope he enjoys his time in jail

    • the upside to this now is that he has a bed to sleep in.

      • goofygreek

        Yep, he gets a bed, 3 meals a day, a tv to watch, health insurance. Man, U.S. prison system is a joke. We treat prisoners better than homeless people.

      • No more Obama

        about two years ago, a man who found out he had cancer went into a bank, gave the teller a paper saying he wants all the money in the bank. then turned around and went and sat down on the floor to wait for the police to arrive (never trying to get any money). why? he wanted free health care. why pay for it when tax payers can? pretty stupid guy but he did that

      • A bed to sleep for 8 years if convicted

  • christodouluke

    I have a laminated four-leaf clover in my wallet.

    • goofygreek

      Did you steal that from Fry?

      • MrMcCrunch

        Fry had a seven leaf clover. xD

        I carry my dads high school picture.

  • Matt

    a dry fish scale – supposed to bring monetary luck (*supposed to*)

  • lucky 50 cent peice

  • vigan zdi

    i keep a 2 dollar bill in my pocket 🙂

  • I think it sucks that since the victim was famous, the thief was apprehended quickly with Apple’s help. My iPad was stolen from my car and Apple won’t do a THING to help me, even though it would be simple for them to do so.

  • KewlDewd

    “…leading the police to speculate the homeless man raided it by accident.”

    What on earth does that mean? I’ve never been out jogging and ooops! I accidentally raided a house.

  • I always carry a note that my grandfather carried before me in his wallet from before he immigrated to Canada from Italy in the 50’s

  • If he lived in his car how the hell did manage to google whatver he googled and how the hell did he plug those apple products if he lives in his car?!