A 35-year-old Antioch man is in jail today after being arrested for burglarizing the Palo Alto home of deceased Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. According to the police report, Kariem McFarlin broke into the vacant, under-construction Waverly Street home of Steve Jobs on the night of July 17. McFarlin is accused of taking a number of items from the Jobs residence.
Along with high tech devices like iMac computers, iPads, and iPods, he is accused of stealing a soda maker, a blender, Cristal Champagne, a Prada bag, an Armani watch, the key to a Mercedes, more than $50,000 worth of Tiffany jewelry, and the late Job’s wallet with his driver’s license and credit cards inside, the police report said. According to police, McFarlin said he was having money problems, was sometimes living in his car and had begun stealing from under-construction houses in San Francisco.
McFarlin said he did not know the house belonged to Jobs until he broke in and saw a letter addressed to the legendary Apple CEO, police said. Once he had stolen the items from the home, McFarlin told police he threw furniture cushions over the side of the fence to prevent damaging the items as he moved them off Jobs’ property, police said. According to police, Palo Alto police collaborated with Apple investigators, who had identified Jobs’ stolen devices connecting to Apple servers shortly after they had been taken.
Investigators saw that the person using the devices had connected to iTunes, using customer accounts and IP addresses that police traced back to McFarlin at his address, police said. Upon being arrested, McFarlin reportedly told officials that he wanted to write a letter of apology to the Jobs family and that he had entered the home because he was desperate.
According to officials at San Jose State University, McFarlin is a former student who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2004. McFarlin is being held on $500,000 bail and is expected to appear in court on Aug. 20 to enter a plea, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.