When Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs (News - Alert) passed away last October from complications related to a tumor, the home he left behind served as a sort of “Tech Mecca.” People from all over the world would flock to San Palo, California to pay homage. But not everybody that approached the premises was there to pay respect. Such was the case with 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin.
McFarlin, who is from Alameda, currently sits in jail where sources predict he will remain until his court hearing scheduled for August 20. His bail, which is set at $500,000, is substantially greater than the value of stolen goods he took from the home – which authorities estimate at $60,000 in “computers and personal items.” The seven-bedroom home, appropriately located in Silicon Valley, is said be worth $3.5 million dollars since its purchase in 1989 for $2 million.
People following the story believe that Steve Job’s home was selected at random, and this coincides with statistics that indicate a 63 percent increase in home invasions around the San Palo area. The district attorney, Scott Tsui told reporters, “Based on the evidence, it looks like just a random burglary where the guy broke in.”
It also seems that Jobs’ home was left relatively vulnerable to robberies because there were never guards or alarm systems securing the premises.
The home was also undergoing construction— as evidenced by the surrounding construction barrier. This was a typical circumstance even during the years Steve Jobs inhabited the home. Friends and family revealed that Jobs had a habitual desire to remodel, a habit many attribute to his perfectionism. People close to Jobs have also disclosed that the late Apple (News - Alert) co-founder had a habit of leaving his back door unlocked. It is unknown whether anybody currently resides in the house, although some speculate that Laurene Powell, Jobs wife, could possibly still live there.
Although prosecutors have vowed to treat this case as they would any other home invasion, many of Jobs’ admirers will undoubtedly be outraged over the pilfering of a home that symbolized American innovation.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman