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Steve Jobs' home burglarized; computers, personal items stolen

More than $60,000 worth of computers and personal items were taken from Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home last month in what was believed to be a "totally random" burglary, authorities said.

Few details were available about the incident, but Santa Clara County Deputy Dist. Atty. Tom Flattery told the San Jose Mercury News that the late Apple co-founder's home was broken into July 17. Flattery declined to say whether the items stolen belonged to Jobs or another family member.

Jobs died last year at the age of 56.

Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda, was arrested Aug. 2 in connection with the crime and later arraigned on charges of residential burglary and selling stolen property, Flattery told the newspaper. McFarlin, who faces a maximum sentence of more than seven years in prison, is scheduled to return to court next week to enter a plea.

Flattery declined to tell the Mercury News what led to McFarlin's arrest but said the suspect likely didn't know whose home he allegedly targeted.

"The best we can tell is it was totally random," Flattery said.

The home is undergoing construction and was surrounded by a temporary barrier in July, according to city building permits obtained by the newspaper.


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Photo: Steve Jobs at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June 2010. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

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