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Thief who broke into Steve Jobs house gave stolen iPad to clown

After burglarizing the home of Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, Kariem McFarlin distributed some of the loot to his friends, including professional clown Kenneth Kahn.

According to a report by Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News, the 47 year old Kahn used the stolen 64GB iPad to play background music (Michael Jackson and the the Henry Mancini theme to the "Pink Panther") during his clown performances.

Kahn, known as Kenny the Clown in addition to working as a part time substitute teacher, said he found out the device was stolen property only after McFarlin was arrested on August 2 and the police had subsequently appeared at his door to claim the pilfered device.

Kahn said he'd used the iPad for three or four days, unaware that it had belonged to Jobs.


Photo credit: Jeff Vendsel Marin Independent Journal file photo.


"I didn't notice anything special or anything like that," Kahn said in the report. "It was silver; it looked normal. I was basically using it like an iPod."

The stolen property was recovered two weeks after McFarlin broke into Jobs' home using a spare key he found on the site, which is currently being renovated. In addition to the iPad McFarlin gave the clown, he gave a second iPad to his daughter. He also took Macs, iPods and Tiffany jewelry and even left with Jobs' wallet, including his driver's license.

"It still hasn't really 100 percent set in for me. It was Steve Jobs' iPad — literally," Kahn said. "If this thing weren't so tragic, it would be comical."