The home of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was burglarized last July and the man suspected to have committed the crime has been caught.
According to various reports, the Palo Alto home of the tech luminary was robbed of over $60,000 in property including computers and other items.
According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, 35-yearold Kariem McFarlin has been arrested for the crime.
The Alameda, California native was caught selling stolen property from the Steve Jobs home, CBS reported yesterday.
However, the man is said to have had no idea he burglarized the Steve Jobs home in Palo Alto. The home is modest, observers note, for a man who has the stature of Steve Jobs.
“Based on the evidence, it looks like just a random burglary where the guy broke in,” CNET quotes Scott Tsui of the District Attorney’s office as saying.
“The best we can tell is it was totally random,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery told the San Jose Mercury News which first broke out the story.
According to the publication, the man is in county lockup on $500,000 bail. He may get nearly eight years in prison if proven guilty of the crime.
The burglary has swamped the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, reports The Associated Press.
Tsui told the AP that he has “never gotten this many calls from people”. He calls the burglary standard saying “Other than the fact it involves Mr. Jobs, it’s a pretty standard burglary case.”
He also echoed what he told CNET saying “I’d imagine the suspect eventually realized whose house he was in, but outside, it was just another house in Palo Alto.”
Tsui also said there appears to be no special items stolen from the house. “We’re not aware of anything stolen that was anything special or different from any other burglary. The computers, I’d imagine since he’s Mr. Jobs, are Apple products,” he told the AP.
According to the news organization, there has been an uptick of burglaries in Palo Alto for the year. Data from the city’s authorities indicate that there has been more than 100 burglaries in Palo Alto within the last six months.
The San Jose Mercury News said that the city has experienced a 63 percent increase in burglaries. According to authorities, this is blamed on unlocked doors and windows.
Steve Jobs passed away on October 6 last year in his home in Palo Alto following years of battling various ailments.