Bungling burglar robs Steve Jobs' house, has no idea it's Steve Jobs' house
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Bungling burglar robs Steve Jobs' house, has no idea it's Steve Jobs' house

Palo Alto : CA : USA | Aug 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM PDT
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Come back later - I'm making out with Steve just now.

You'd think that any burglar intrepid enough to break into the Palo Alto mansion of the late Steve Jobs would also be intrepid enough to realize the incredible value of the loot therein. After all, just a simple hand-written memorandum signed by Jobs last month sold at Sotheby's for $27,500. Just imagine the value of Jobs' personal belongings, art, gadgets, and computer equipment!

One lucky theif apparently got his hands on all this stuff last month. Unfortunately for the outlaw, he had no idea these items belonged to Steve Jobs -- and was allegedly just selling them randomly on the cheap.

The break-in and burglary of Steve Jobs home took place last month on July 17, according to a San Jose Mercury News report. Santa Clara County deputies arrested 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin on August 2. McFarlin was arraigned and charged with residential burglary and selling stolen property, and currently awaits trial on $500,000 bail.

Police insist McFarlin had no idea whose home he was looting. "The best we can tell is it was totally random," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery told the Mercury News.

Santa Clara County deputies estimate that the burglar took more than $60,000 worth of "computers and personal items". The thief could easily have made his bail money by just selling one of Jobs' old Power Macs found laying around, and could have skipped off to Brazil with the resale price of a Jobs-worn black turtleneck or early prototype iPhone.

The mansion is temporarily unoccupied and undergoing renovations. A temporary construction barrier out front indicated the home was unoccupied.

"I'm not sure if the conditions of the perimeter were as secure as they would have been with a regular house," Santa Clara County supervising deputy district attorney Scott Tsui told CNET. "I think that may have given the defendant an opportunity to break in."

"The fact that Mr. Jobs was a famous person makes it a little bit different," Mr. Tsui continued. "But other than that, we're not seeing too much of a difference from other burglaries."

The Los Angeles Times has a photo of Jobs' mansion, which has always had surprisingly little going on in terms of security detail. Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson wrote that Jobs preferred to not use security guards, wanted his children to come and go freely, and often did not even lock his back door. There are no walls separating the home from any other homes, and you could just go right up and walk in.

Just be aware, at this point, that all the good stuff has already been taken.

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