A suspect is being held in connection with the burglary of the California home of deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs, police said.
Authorities arrested and charged 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin with residential burglary and the selling of stolen property, after over $60,000 worth of computers and personal items were allegedly stolen from the Jobs’ home on July 17.
According to Santa Clara County assistant DA Scott Tsui, the burglar does not appear to have been aware that the home belonged to the Jobs family.
“There’s no evidence to show that the house was targeted,” Tsui said, adding that once the thief got in, “I imagine there are things in the house that might hint to him that it was Jobs’ house.”
Tsui said the Jobs family does not appear to have been living at home, which was undergoing construction at the time of the burglary.
The suspect, a medical supply salesman who played football at San Jose State University, is being held on $500,000 bail. McFarlin’s next hearing is scheduled for August 20, 2012. Attempts to reach his lawyer for comment weren’t immediately successful.
Police declined to say what led them to their suspect. ”Police have a variety of methods in tracking goods and burglars in situations like this,” Tsui said.
Jobs is believed to have purchased the Palo Alto home in the mid-1990s after his marriage to Lauren Powell. He lived in the house for nearly 20 years, a time which included his second stint as Apple CEO, during which he brought the company back to profitability, introducing revolutionary products such as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Jobs died at the home on October 5, 2011, from pancreatic cancer complications.