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.