Crime

More Than $60,000 Worth of Personal Items Stolen From Steve Jobs' California Home

"The best we can tell is it was totally random"

More than $60,000 worth of computers and other personal items have been stolen from the Northern California home of the late Steve Jobs, the Associated Press related Tuesday.

The high-profile robbery took place in mid-July, but was seemingly kept from the public until recently.

35-year-old Kariem McFarlin of Alameda has been arrested and charged, and remains in jail with a $500,000 bail pending an Aug. 20 court hearing.  He faces charges of residential burglary and selling stolen property.

Santa Clara County prosecutor Tom Flattery won't say if the items taken from the Palo Alto home on July 17 belonged to the Apple Inc. co-founder or another family member, but said McFarlin was likely unaware of the home's significance.

"The best we can tell is it was totally random," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery assured the papers.

Though Jobs' family still lives in the home, they left for a brief time in July for renovation work and a temporary construction barrier reportedly surrounded the house.  It is possible the opportunistic thief simply saw a nice home with no one inside.

The San Jose Mercury News relates:

Bay Area cities have seen double-digit jumps in burglaries during the first half of the year. Police in Palo Alto attributed the city's 63 percent increase to unlocked doors and windows. A "Lock It or Lose It" campaign launched earlier this year seeks to change that behavior.

The co-founder of Apple Inc. died last year at the age of 56.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Flattery said McFarlin could face a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months, including a one-year enhancement for "excessive taking of property." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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