Apple News, apple, home, Palo Alto, robbery, steve jobs — August 15, 2012 11:06 — 0 Comments
Steve Jobs’ family home robbed
A thief broke into Steve Jobs‘ house in the high-tech hub of Palo Alto, stealing more than $60,000 in computers and jewelry without realizing he had hit the late Apple co-founder’s property, reports Reuters news agency.
Local authorities said on Tuesday that Kariem McFarlin, 35, was charged with burglary and selling stolen property after the break-in, which ocurred on July 17, when the house was vacant during renovations.
When Jobs was alive he was notoriously lax regarding the security of his family home, refusing to be walled and gated in with an open front law to his rather modest house. He did however drive his Mercedes car without number plates to avoid being traced and was concerned about the threat of his children being kidnapped.
The burglary came just over nine months after Jobs died in October at age 56 and his Silicon Valley home, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, briefly became a gathering place for fans who left flowers on the sidewalk out front.
McFarlin, who faces a plea hearing on 20 August, did not appear to know the house belonged to Jobs, said Scott Tsui, a Santa Clara County prosecutor.
“We don’t have any evidence to show his house was targeted,” Tsui said. “All we know is that it was a random burglary that can happen to people.”
McFarlin was arrested on 2 August and held on $500,000 bail, according to Santa Clara County inmate records. There are no indications that the house, which is an English-country style home close to the sidewalk, has been sold since Jobs died last year.
Because high-tech components were stolen, Tsui said his office’s high-technology crimes unit was involved in investigating the case. Palo Alto police declined to comment. An attorney for McFarlin could not immediately be reached for comment, nor could a representative for Apple.
Source doc: the Guardian