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Steve Jobs burglary suspect was desperate for money, police say

August 14, 2012 |  5:40 pm

Steve Jobs

A man accused of burglarizing the home of Steve Jobs in Palo Alto told police he was desperate for cash, officials told a Bay Area newspaper.

More than $60,000 worth of computers and personal items were taken from the home in what officials said was believed to be a "totally random" burglary.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the suspect told authorities he saw the home under renovation, sneaked inside and found a spare key.

Few details were available about the incident, but Santa Clara County Deputy Dist. Atty. Tom Flattery told the  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.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that McFarlin is a graduate of San Jose State University. He was being held on $500,000 bail and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, the paper said.


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