Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs’ stolen iPad turns up in clown town

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Kenny the clown
This man briefly owned Steve Jobs' iPad.
Photo: ABC News

August 17 Today in Apple history August 17, 2012: Steve Jobs’ stolen iPad winds up in the hands of a clown called Kenny, who performs kids shows in the San Francisco Bay Area.

It’s a bizarre story all around, which fortunately winds up with the iPad being returned.


A burglar hit the Jobs family home the previous month while it underwent renovations. The thief took $60,000 worth of property, including multiple Macs, iPhones, iPods, iPads, Tiffany jewelry, Cristal Champagne, a blender and a soda maker. He also swiped Steve Jobs’ wallet — which contained just $1.

Kariem McFarlin, the thief who admitted to the crime, gave the iPad to his friend Kenneth “Kenny the Clown” Kahn to repay a debt. Kahn, unaware of the iPad’s former owner, did not attempt to access any personal files on the tablet. Which is good, considering the iPad could have contained confidential information concerning Apple.

Kenny the Clown ends up with Steve Jobs’ iPad

Instead, Kahn used iTunes to load the Pink Panther theme and Michael Jackson songs to use as part of his act. When he connected to the internet, law enforcement hunted him down, arriving at his door to reclaim the device. Authorities also arrested McFarlin.

The whole story was bizarre. It was also sad, due to Steve Jobs’ passing the previous year. Fortunately, it ended with Jobs’ family getting back the personal possessions of their late family member.

  • DrMuggg

    Wonder what they do today? McFarlin? The Clown?