According to the San Jose Mercury News, the home of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, located on Waverley Street in Palo Alto, was robbed last month with over $60,000 worth of computers and other items stolen. The robbery contributes to an overall increase in residential burglaries in Bay Area cities, although a suspect has been placed in custody in this crime unlike many other cases.
Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda, was arrested by authorities on August 2nd and placed in county jail under $500,000 bail. McFarlin faces a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months, although an additional year could be tacked on to that sentence for “excessive taking of property.” The Jobs’ family residence was surrounded by a temporary construction barrier in July, which could have proved opportunistic for the burglar.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery notes that this burglary is in all likelihood “random,” meaning that McFarlin was not aware that the residence he broke into belonged to the late Steve Jobs and his family. Laurene Powell Jobs and her children are not expected to have been living at the household while renovations are being carried out to the roof of the home.