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Computers, jewelry, Steve Jobs' wallet among items taken in burglary

August 15, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home was burglarized last month. It wasn't walled off and didn't have security guards.
Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home was burglarized last month. It wasn't… (Mary Runkel Chacon / For…)

Items stole from Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto home last month included expensive jewelry, various Apple products – and, possibly, an unreleased Apple device

The home of the late Apple co-founder and his surviving family was broken into last month while unoccupied due to construction. The thief was apparently unaware whose home he'd entered, according to authorities who said he stole $60,000 worth of items.

Among those items were iMac and Mac mini computers, three iPads, two iPhones, three iPods and an Apple TV. The San Jose Mercury News also says a "small 'demo-sized' MacBook" was stolen too, which sounds like an unreleased Apple device.

Other gadgets taken included a Sodastream soda maker machine, Monster Beats headphones by Dr. Dreheadphones, a Ninja Blender and a SanDisk media storage device.

However, the bulk of the stolen items was jewelry, including a $33,00 platinum and aquamarine-bead necklace, according to the report. Also stolen were a $28,500 platinum necklace with 247 round brilliant diamonds weighing 5 carats that also had nine carved aquamarine drops, and a pair of earnings worth $2,950.

Among the most personal items taken was a wallet that belonged to Jobs. Inside was his California driver's license and several credit cards.

The burglar also stole a key to a Mercedes-Benz but the car wasn't taken.

Police were able to find a burglary suspect once some of the stolen items were used to log into his iTunes account. Apple investigators identified him and police soon raided his apartment, where they found most of the items.

Some of the jewelry, though, was not at the apartment. The thief sold it to a jeweler in Pennsylvania, but the jeweler has since agreed to send the items back, according to the report.

The suspect Kariem McFarlin, 35, confessed to the crime, police said, and also wrote an apology letter to Jobs' widow.

He is in jail on $500,000 bail and is due in court Aug. 20.

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