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Kenny the Clown had Steve Jobs' stolen iPad

August 17, 2012 |  7:15 am

A professional entertainer named Kenny the Clown unwittingly received the iPad stolen from Steve Jobs home, a newspaper reported
Seems an iPad stolen from the Palo Alto home of Steve Jobs ended up in the hands of a professional entertainer named Kenny the Clown.

The late Apple co-founder's Palo Alto home was burglarized last month, but Kenny the Clown, whose real name is Kenneth Kahn, said he had no idea where the device came from until a friend who gave it to him was charged with burglary and police confiscated the device, the San Jose Mercury-News reported.

The 47-year-old clown downloaded music from iTunes, including the "Pink Panther" theme song and Michael Jackson songs, to play for Bay Area kids and tourists, he said.

Authorities say 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin stole iPods, Macs, jewelry and Jobs' wallet. He is due in court Monday and has recently hired a lawyer.

"It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house," Kahn told the newspaper. "It's bizarre; it's really bizarre."

Police said McFarlin, a 35-year-old Alameda resident, gave Kahn a silver 64GB iPad that was stolen from the home July 17. McFarlin also allegedly gave another iPad to his daughter, and both devices were returned to the Jobs family after McFarlin was arrested Aug. 2, police said.

McFarlin is accused of stealing iPods, Macs, Tiffany & Co. jewelry and even Jobs' wallet and driver's license by using a spare key he found on the property to break into the home, which was undergoing construction work.

Kahn told the newspaper he thought he had just gotten an old device McFarlin wanted to get rid of, assuming his friend had purchased a newer-version iPad.

"I didn't notice anything special or anything like that," said Kahn, adding he had the iPad for three or four days before police asked for it back. "It was silver; it looked normal. I was basically using it like an iPod."

Kahn, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of his hometown of Alameda in 2006 and 2010 and for San Francisco mayor in 2007, said he met McFarlin when he coached him on the Encinal High School basketball team in Alameda more than 10 years ago, the Mercury-News said.

"He's a nice guy who made a horrible, horrible decision," Kahn said. "I wish I could ask him: 'What were you thinking?'"

McFarlin was being held in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

"It still hasn't really 100% set in for me. It was Steve Jobs' iPad -- literally," Kahn said. "If this thing weren't so tragic, it would be comical."


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Photo: Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad during a 2010 event in San Francisco. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press