The home of Apple founder, Steve Jobs (who passed away last year at the age of 56) was burglarized last month on July 17th. Over $60, 000 worth of computers, electronics and personal items were stolen from the residence and a suspect, Kariem McFarlin, a 35-year old Alameda, CA resident, was charged with and has since admitted to the crime.
McFarlin is currently being held in custody in a county jail on $500,000 bail and is facing a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months, along with a another year tacked on for “excessive taking of property”. The alleged burglar is scheduled to enter a plea in court on Monday, August 20.
While a log of the crime was released to the media, details about the heist are scant at this point other than that at the time of the crime, Jobs’ home was under renovation and that property stolen included iMacs, iPads, iPods, jewelry, Mr. Jobs’ wallet containing a dollar and his driving license . Police say that the robber used a spare key he found on the Jobs estate to enter break in. Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery did mention that McFarlin was most likely unaware that the home was in fact that of Steve Jobs’. Flattery, who is a member of the high-technology crimes unit reported, “The best we can tell is [this crime] was totally random.”
Today, however, the case has taken a funny turn of events according to the San Jose Mercury News. The newspaper reports that one the iPads that was thieved has ended up in the possession of a local clown in the Bay Area. “Kenny the Clown” was allegedly given the device by his friend, Kariem, the thief who committed the crime.
Innocently, Kenny the Clown (his real name is Kenneth Kahn), who performs for children’s birthday parties, did just that with the unbeknownst-to-him-stolen device: he used the iPad to play Michael Jackson and the “Pink Panther” theme song to entertain kids and Bay City tourists during one of his standard routines.
When the cops showed up at the clown’s door to confiscate the stolen device, the 47-year-old funny guy was shocked. He stated,“It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house…it’s bizarre; it’s really bizarre.”
About McFarlin, who he coached in the Encinal High School basketball team more than ten years ago, Kahn said, “He is a nice guy who made a horrible, horrible decision. I wish I could ask him, ‘What were you thinking?’”