Burglar who swiped Steve Jobs' wallet, computers quickly traced after powering them on
Kariem McFarlin, a 35-year-old Alemeda, Calif., confessed that his crime was one of desperation, explaining that he'd been living out of his car. He told police that when he saw Jobs' home at 2101 Waverly Street in Palo Alto, Calif. was under construction, he immediately seized the opportunity.
After parking his car on a side street, McFarlin proceeded to scale scaffolding to get over the property's cyclone fence. After failing to find an open door to the property, he lucked out by discovering a key in an unsecured storage area that eventually opened the main entrance to the residence.
McFarlin, then wearing white gloves, proceeded to turn over the home under the cover of darkness, stealing two iMacs, there iPads, three iPods, an Apple TV, and more than $60,000 in fine jewelry. No alarm sounded and no lights turned on throughout the duration of the burglary.
Of the fine jewels McFarlin stole and later shipped to an out-of-state dealer, a $30,000 Tiffany & Co. platinum and aquamarine necklace with three strands of aquamarine beads was his biggest score.
He also made off a $28,950 pair of Tiffany platinum, diamond and aquamarine lace-drop earrings, as well as a $28,5000 Tiffany platinum, diamond and aquamarine crochet necklace bezel set with two hundred and forty seven round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately five-carats total weight.
Before leaving with the stolen property, McFarlin snagged a key to a Mercedes and then threw an arrangement of lawn furniture cushions from the property onto the opposite side of the property's cyclone fence so they'd serve as a safety net for the iMacs and other Apple hardware which he tossed over the fence and loaded into his own car before making his getaway.
Police were advised of the break-in the following day after the house manager noticed the spare key missing and the house ransacked. Working with Apple, the police quickly tracked McFarlin's location by his IP address once he powered on one of the iPads stolen from Jobs' home. The device immediately connected to Apple's servers for routine updates and identified itself as a device registered to the company co-founder or one of his family members.
In a subsequent interview, Jobs' widow Laurene Powell said she hadn't been living at the home while it was under construction but had left a lot of her belongings in the residence because she was staying nearby.
McFarlin, who maintains he did not know who he was burglarizing at the start of his heist, later discovered amongst the stolen possessions Jobs' wallet — which contained his drivers license, credit cards, and $1. A letter authored to the formerpolice Apple chief also wound up in McFarlin's possession, cluing him in on the identity of his victims.
Following his arrest, he asked to write an apology letter — presumably to Laurene Powell and her family — identifying himself as the burglar and explaining his motives were driven by desperation.
McFarlin was arraigned August 7th and has remained in the county lockup ahead of his next court date for failing to post $500,000 bail. He faces a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months, which would include a one-year enhancement for "excessive taking of property."
You can see a complete copy of the 32-page police report here, courtesy of The Daily