Suspect Held on 500G Bail for Burglary of Steve Jobs Home
Was it a hunt for mementoes and collectibles from a legend of the high-tech era, or just a simple break-in?
Authorities aren't saying much about the motives of the man who broke into the Palo Alto, Calif. home of late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. The caper occurred July 17. On August 2, the police arraigned a suspect, identified as Kariem McFarlin of Alameda, 35, who is charged with stealing some $60,000-worth of computers and personal items from the home.
Jobs is survived by his wife, Lisa Brennan-Jobs and three children.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery of the high-technology crimes unit told the Silicon Valley Mercury News that it seemed unlikely the burglar knew the home belonged to Jobs.
"The best we can tell is it was totally random," he told the paper, which learned of the burglary via a police weekend report log. Bay Area burglaries have been on the rise this year with a 63 percent jump in Palo Alto, according to the Mercury News.
McFarlin is scheduled to enter a plea on Aug. 20 after being charged with burglary and selling stolen property. Bail was set for $500,000. If convicted, McFarlin faces a maximum sentence of seven years and eight months because of the value of the property stolen.
The Facebook profile of a man bearing the name Kariem McFarlin bears no status updates since July 30, three days before the arrest. That status notes that he is updating his friends list -- consisting of some 652 friends -- and asks people to message if they want to remain friends. That Kariem McFarlin lives in San Francisco and graduated from Encinal High School in 1995, which would make him around the same age as the man arrested.
On July 23, six days after the break-in, McFarlin posted a YouTube video of the song "If Today Was Your Last Day," by Nickelback. Some may ponder whether McFarlin knew the police were closing in on an arrest at that time.
Earlier on July 15, two days before the burglary, McFarlin posted via the BlackBerry Smartphones App a photo of a sign reading, "Happiness is the journey, not the destination." Assuming the Facebook Kariem McFarlin and the suspect in jail are one in the same, there's a certain irony considering the path he allegedly chose.
Our Facebook message sent to McFarlin via Facebook was not returned as of Tuesday afternoon.
A Silicon Valley Supernova
Jobs' death from pancreatic cancer on Oct. 11, 2011 was a major worldwide news event. The quirky innovator transformed both computing with the MacIntosh computer in the early 80s and personal electronics and wireless technology in the early 21st century with the iPhone, iPods and the iPad tablet computer. Collectively, they represent some of the most commercially successful devices in history, providing billions of dollars in profits for Apple, the company Jobs co-founded with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976.
His life was the subject of the bestselling memoir "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, written with his cooperation while he was ailing.
"Jobs still qualifies as the supernova of Silicon Valley stars," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. "Massively successful vendors, including Microsoft, Google and Samsung, continue to be measured in terms of how effectively they compete against Apple. In the markets that Apple dominates, the company continues to lead with products developed under Steve Jobs."
With the first anniversary of Jobs' death approaching this fall, King said, "I expect any number of memorials to cross the wires in the next few weeks. The idolization is likely to fade over time, but not soon, and probably not as long as the iPhone and iPad continue to lead their respective markets."