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Friday, January 18, 2013, 04:28 pm PT (07:28 pm ET)

Burglar who broke into Steve Jobs' house gets 7-year prison sentence

Kariem McFarlin, the burglar who stole late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' wallet and multiple computers during a house break-in last year, has been sentenced to serve seven years in a California prison.

Kariem McFarlin

Booking photo of Kariem McFarlin.
Source: Santa Clara County Sheriff's office


In addition to the wares taken from Jobs' house, McFarlin hid worth hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items from multiple San Francisco Bay Area burglaries at his house and a storage locker, reports Macworld.

The 35-year old Alameda man was arrested in July 2012 after he broke into Jobs' Palo Alto, Calif., home and took over $60,000 worth of computers and personal items, including two pieces of Tiffany & Co. jewelry valued at over $28,000 each. Included in the list of stolen property were two iMacs, three iPads, three iPods, one Apple TV and other valuables.

Officers from the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) were led to McFarlin's location when he turned on one of the pilfered iPads, which subsequently connected to iTunes and allowed Apple security to track the device.

The maximum prison sentence McFarlin faced was seven years and eight months, which included a one-year enhancement for "excessive taking of property." He did not dispute the charges and maintained his motives were driven by desperation.