A man accused of burglarizing the late Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto home last month — making off with electronics, jewelry and even the Apple co-founder’s wallet, which contained a $1 bill — reportedly had no idea whose home it was before he broke in, authorities said.
Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with the July 17 burglary of Jobs’ home on Waverley Street, which had been vacant for renovations.
Jobs lived in the two-story English-country-style home with his wife until he died last year at age 56.
McFarlin, a former San Jose State University cornerback who reportedly told cops he had fallen on hard times, apparently picked the home at random, waiting until after construction crews left for the day.
“It’s not a super-gawdy house,” said Scott Tsui, a Santa Clara County prosecutor. “It’s fairly understated for a Palo Alto home. There’s not a sign that says, ‘Jobs was here.’”
Media outlets from around the world have been calling about what usually would be a pretty run-of-the-mill burglary, Tsui added.
Investigators cracked the case with help from Apple. They were able to track the stolen electronics to McFarlin’s home, as he had used the stolen devices to connect to the Internet with his iTunes account, according to news reports that cited a police report.
Police reportedly said McFarlin confessed to the burglary and subsequently wrote an apology letter to Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell.
Along with Jobs’ wallet, which had a single dollar inside, several of the tech legend’s most recognizable innovations — such as iPods, iPhones and an iMac — were stolen, according to the cited report.
Some $60,000 in Tiffany jewelry and a bottle of Cristal Champagne were reportedly taken, along with a Ninja Blender and Monster Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.
McFarlin, who reportedly also told police he has robbed homes in San Francisco, remained in custody on $500,000 bail Tuesday. He is scheduled to enter a plea Monday.
According to his Facebook page, McFarlin attended Encinal High School in Alameda and was a kinesiology major at SJSU.
Two days before the alleged July 17 heist, an image of a sign was posted on his Facebook page that read, “Happiness is the journey, not the destination.”