Steve Jobs Burglar Gets Seven-Year Sentence

The burglar who broke into Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto, California home last year in August and stole $60,000 worth of goods received a sentence of seven years behind bars by a Santa Clara Superior Court judge late last week.

Kariem McFarlin, a 35-year-old man, broke into the house in August while it was vacated and under renovation last year. While there, he managed to grab at least two Apple computers, an iPad, jewelry, Steve Jobs’ wallet–containing his driver license–as well other electronic equipment.

When caught, McFarlin claimed that he did not know the property he broke into belonged to Steve Jobs. He was arrested on August 2nd 2012, after investigators from the regional REACT (Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team) Task Force used the data obtained by the Cupertino company and AT&T, tracking the stolen computers while the burglar connected the devices to the Internet and Apple servers from his home.

McFarlin is a former San Jose State University football player. He entered a no contest plea on November 21, and as part of that plea admitted to burglarizing Steve Jobs’ home. Furthermore, he admitted involvement in several other burglaries of private residences in San Francisco, a police report stated.

During the interview process, McFarlin explained that he had been homeless and living in his car, and he targeted the house of the Apple co-founder because it appeared to be under construction and dark inside.

After parking on a side street, the former athlete approached on foot and climbed the scaffolding to get over the fence surrounding the house.

The Palo Alto Online News reports that McFarlin admitted to keeping “hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property from the aforementioned burglaries” at his home and a storage locker in Alameda.

On top of the seven-year sentence, the burglar has to pay restitution to all his victims, reportedly “a substantial sum,” according to Deputy District Attorney Thomas Flattery.

Flattery further said that McFarlin could see his sentence reduced to 3 1/2 years with good behavior, and at that point, he could potentially be released on parole. McFarlin already has 169 days credited for time served, according to Flattery.

[Via Palo Alto Online]

Written by Istvan Fekete; Edited by Mike Crook