Was the Thief That Broke Into Steve Jobs' Home Looking for New Apple Products?
On July 17, Kariem McFarlin allegedly broke into the former home of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs and stole more than $60,000 worth of items. Was this a random crime or was the thief searching for prototypes of future Apple devices?
According to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery (who spoke with the Silicon Valley Mercury News), the burglar was unaware that Jobs used to live in that home.
"The best we can tell is it was totally random," Flattery told the publication.
However, the items that were taken from the home include undefined "computers and personal items." While it is not uncommon for a thief to take expensive technology items (which can be sold on the street for a quick buck), it seems to be an incredible coincidence that an average burglar wound up at the former home of one of the tech industry's most prominent players.
That said, this is not the first Bay Area home that was broken into this year. In fact, the Silicon Valley Mercury News reports that Bay Area cities have seen, "double-digit jumps in burglaries during the first half of the year." Palo Alto police blame the rise in burglaries on an increasingly large number of homeowners who are failing to lock their doors and windows.
McFarlin currently remains in county jail on $500,000 bail. If convicted, he could face a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months. According to the Silicon Valley Mercury News, this includes a one-year enhancement for, as Flattery put it, the, "excessive taking of property."
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