Burglar Who Stole Steve Jobs’s Computer Is Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison

Jobs's Palo Alto home while undergoing renovation.

Jobs’s Palo Alto home while undergoing renovation.

A burglar who broke into Steve Jobs’s Palo Alto home last August and stole $60,000 worth of goods — including Jobs’s wallet and his computer — has been handed a seven-year prison sentence. Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda, was sentenced at the Santa Clara Superior Court on Monday.

Jobs had lived in the home with his wife and children up until his death in October 2011. When McFarlin broke into the property, it was vacated and undergoing renovation. However, he still managed to get away with at least two computers, an iPad, jewelry, Jobs’s wallet containing his driver’s license, and other electronic devices.

According to the police report, McFarlin claimed that he did not know home belonged to Jobs. He was arrested on August 2, 2012, after Palo Alto investigators from the regional Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) Task Force used data obtained from Apple and AT&T to track the stolen computers, which were connecting to the Internet and Apple servers from McFarlin’s home.

McFarlin pleaded guilty to the burglary, and others of private residences in San Francisco, on November 21. He admitted that he had stolen “hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property from those burglaries,” which was being kept at his home and in a storage locker in Alameda.

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  • QJeremiah

    Wonderful. Thieves should be behind bars.

  • technochick

    I love the way the headline makes it sound like robbing Steve is all he did and got him such a huge sentence cause even dead Steve Jobs has clout.

  • lwdesign1

    Criminals are inherently not too bright and find it difficult to think about future consequences. If they were, they’d realize the likelihood of their going to jail and getting in trouble is almost inevitable. All that said, I find it marvelous that Apple has created the “Find my iPhone/iPad” app to make tracking devices so easy for pollice. Crims don’t have a chance if they use the devices, and who can resist using Macs and iDevices?

  • 4betthreat

    Criminals are inherently not too bright and find it difficult to think about future consequences. If they were, they’d realize the likelihood of their going to jail and getting in trouble is almost inevitable. All that said, I find it marvelous that Apple has created the “Find my iPhone/iPad” app to make tracking devices so easy for pollice. Crims don’t have a chance if they use the devices, and who can resist using Macs and iDevices?

    the majority of people arent too bright, it has nothing to do with someone being comfortable outside the law! im a criminal btw

  • Jack Charlton
    Criminals are inherently not too bright and find it difficult to think about future consequences. If they were, they’d realize the likelihood of their going to jail and getting in trouble is almost inevitable. All that said, I find it marvelous that Apple has created the “Find my iPhone/iPad” app to make tracking devices so easy for pollice. Crims don’t have a chance if they use the devices, and who can resist using Macs and iDevices?

    the majority of people arent too bright, it has nothing to do with someone being comfortable outside the law! im a criminal btw

    Well Josh from NYC. You are one of the real smart crooks. Its important to ensure your accounts aren’t traceable if you are going to admit to being a criminal online.

    Less than two minutes to get a name and a city. Imagine if I actually cared.

  • daov2a

    Yeah, this is a pretty mis-leading headline. It should really read:

    Burglar who robbed Steve Jobs’s home and numerous others, sentenced to seven years

    Or something like that. Most people skim and the meat of this article lies in the last paragraph as it talks about how much he actually stole.

  • Chakintosh

    No jailbreak for you Mr McFarlin. Rot in the cells idiot.

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