Suspected Burglar of Steve Jobs' Residence Jailed

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-08-14 Print this article Print

Several computers and some personal items worth an estimated $60,000 were stolen from the Jobs residence, located in a fashionable neighborhood south of Palo Alto's downtown. A 35-year-old man has been charged.

It took them a couple of weeks, but Palo Alto police detectives confirmed Aug. 14 they have arrested an Alameda, Calif., man as the key suspect in a burglary at the residence of the family of Steve Jobs.

Jobs, co-founder and long-time CEO at Apple, died Oct. 5, 2011, at 56 after an eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Several computers and some personal items worth an estimated $60,000 were stolen July 17 from the residence, located in a fashionable neighborhood south of Palo Alto's downtown. In the report, police classified the incident as a straightforward burglary.

Police subsequently arrested Kariem McFarlin, 35, on Aug. 2 and charged him with burglarizing the house and then selling the property he looted. Alameda is located across San Francisco Bay from Palo Alto.

Jobs also owned residential property in Woodside, Calif., located a few miles from Palo Alto and a 20-minute drive from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.

McFarlin was arraigned last week and is currently in Santa Clara County jail in San Jose in lieu of bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months.

A spokesman for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office told the San Jose Mercury News that McFarlin probably was not aware that the home was that of Jobs' family.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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