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More than $60,000 in "computers and personal items" stolen from Steve Jobs' home

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The Palo Alto home of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was among the homes that fell prey to Bay Area-wide surge in residential burglaries last month. A suspect was later arrested in the case.

Jobs' home on Waverley Street in Palo Alto was burglarized July 17, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery told the San Jose Mercury News.

Among the items taken were more than $60,000 worth of "computers and personal items," according to Flattery, who declined to say whether the items belonged to Jobs or one of his family members.

A 35-year old Alameda man by the name of Kariem McFarlin was arrested August 2nd in his home town on suspicion of burglarizing the residence and later reselling the stolen property.

He was arraigned August 7th and has remained in the county lockup ahead of his next court date for failing to post $500,000 bail. He faces a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months, which would include a one-year enhancement for "excessive taking of property."

Though details of the investigation were kept secret from reporters, Flattery did indicate that police believe McFarlin was likely unaware that the home belonged to Jobs and that his crime was "totally random."
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The lengths Samsung will go to.

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How dare anyone mess with the temple of the Steve?
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When I read that headline, I thought: "the balls on gizmodo..."

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post #5 of 69

Somebody forgot to set the alarm.

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post #6 of 69

Why say "burglarized" when you can use burgled? It's like saying "stolenized" instead of stolen or "thieverization" instead of thievery.

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I hope that doesn't mean Steve Job's widow will move out of that house.  I hope not.  I would think that when the burglar was in there, he realized who's house it was assuming there were family photos there.

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Why say "burglarized" when you can use burgled? It's like saying "stolenized" instead of stolen or "thieverization" instead of thievery.

Why say homogenized win you can say homogend. Why says rationalize when you can say rationaled. Seriously? Are you really suggesting a word is wrong simply because it's usage is different in another culture? I'm anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have you suggest such pericombobulations.




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Why say homogenized win you can say homogend. Why says rationalize when you can say rationaled. Seriously? Are you really suggesting a word is wrong simply because it's usage is different in another culture? I'm anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have you suggest such pericombobulations.
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post #10 of 69

You'd think they would have had trouble fencing the stolen goods if the serial numbers are all "000000001".

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The lengths Samsung will go to.

lol.gif samscum will go to any lenghts for the next idea ... im guessing the glass of water is no longer working

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Why say "burglarized" when you can use burgled? It's like saying "stolenized" instead of stolen or "thieverization" instead of thievery.

For one thing burgled is used generally as an adjective and burglarize a verb.  -ize is a verb-forming suffix and makes a verb from the noun "Burglar", a thief.  Burgled is actually a back-formation and is used chiefly humourously, i.e. Dicken's line "a man of the burgling persuasion."

 

Also, your examples don't hold water because stolen is a past-participle of a verb and you can't verb-form a verb.  Ditto with thievery, which is the an abstract noun formed from another noun (thief), which is different from forming a verb from a concrete noun. Thieverization is a noun -> abstract noun -> verb -> noun again.   Very redundant and very different than burglarize

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What exactly was it?  Was it covered in black cloth, with a note "do not open until 2084"? 

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Cue the Apple Linch Mob...

 

(I jest, but I imagine there's going to be some really upset people over this story. Hopefully they dont do anything stupid.)

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Why say homogenized win you can say homogend. Why says rationalize when you can say rationaled. Seriously? Are you really suggesting a word is wrong simply because it's usage is different in another culture? I'm anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have you suggest such pericombobulations.
PS: Sausage.

 

Sounds like Duckspeak to me. All hail Ingsoc!

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Originally Posted by sidewaysdesign View Post
You'd think they would have had trouble fencing the stolen goods if the serial numbers are all "000000001".

 

You mean "000000000". lol.gif

 

Gets a handwritten letter:

 

"Dear Mike,

 

It stopped being even for show a long time ago. We know you're just spending ever more in an attempt to create interest in what you might have locked away in the hope that someone will actually try it. Or try to buy your products!

 

Not working. Sorry.

 

Sincerely,

All thieves"

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I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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post #18 of 69
Reading the Steve Jobs bio, you learn that he lived in a "standard" neighborhood... but with billionaire neighbors... So....

the burgler is lucky he is alive... stealing from Billionaires is a stupid move, because in that neighborhood they want to keep their location private... so jail time is preferable to just disappearing... /facetious

RDF...(reality distortion field) is that what kept the burglers away while the Late Steve Jobs was living there ? LOL. /facetious

i wonder how many burglaries happened in that neighborhood when he was alive?...and did any of the burglers survive?.... clue the al pacino line "AND YOU STEAL FOR ME?"...
meaning the only reason we are hearing about this burgler is because The Late Steve Jobs isn't around to "takin' care of business"... /facetious

"going thermonuclear on you" has a different meaning when you are well connected and have billions...
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Samsung did the same thing. Police has been investigating the case now. lol.gif

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I guess it was not a good idea to publicize the fact that Steve really did not lock the door on his house. I personally never understood with all his money why he choose to live where he did, but it does say a lot about him and the fact he was not trying to isolate himself from the world like most people with money try to do

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Originally Posted by igamogam View Post

Why say "burglarized" when you can use burgled? It's like saying "stolenized" instead of stolen or "thieverization" instead of thievery.

 

Now now. Trying to make sense of the English language will get you nowhere. :)

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For one thing burgled is used generally as an adjective and burglarize a verb.  -ize is a verb-forming suffix and makes a verb from the noun "Burglar", a thief.  Burgled is actually a back-formation and is used chiefly humourously, i.e. Dicken's line "a man of the burgling persuasion."

 

Also, your examples don't hold water because stolen is a past-participle of a verb and you can't verb-form a verb.  Ditto with thievery, which is the an abstract noun formed from another noun (thief), which is different from forming a verb from a concrete noun. Thieverization is a noun -> abstract noun -> verb -> noun again.   Very redundant and very different than burglarize

Yah! What he said! :)

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Why say "burglarized" when you can use burgled? It's like saying "stolenized" instead of stolen or "thieverization" instead of thievery.

I feel as though I've been nit-picklarized...

or is it nit-pickled?

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A few things should be pointed out.  My reading of the news sites makes me think that this was a crime of opportunity more than anything.  Reportedly the criminal didn't know the owner and it isn't clear that the owners (Lorianne and her family) were living in the house since it has been undergoing renovations.  My theory is that the thief saw a house that had lots of construction going on and figured that the owners might not be home all the time.
 

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I guess it was not a good idea to publicize the fact that Steve really did not lock the door on his house. I personally never understood with all his money why he choose to live where he did, but it does say a lot about him and the fact he was not trying to isolate himself from the world like most people with money try to do
Actually, a lot of people with tons of money live is pretty "normal" neighborhoods here in Silicon Valley.

The whole Silicon Valley culture in general is relatively casual. Living in gated communities with security guards is the exception around here for rich people, not the norm. People move freely around here, particularly between companies (that's how Silicon Valley got started: guys going from Shockley to Fairchild to Intel to...). Non-compete clauses are basically unenforceable in the state of California.

Don't know why you think Steve lived in a neighborhood below his standards. Old Palo Alto is full of CEO and VC-types. Steve actually purchased two adjacent lots (both were designated historic) and merged them. The house is located in walking distance of some superb public schools.
post #26 of 69

Samsung was listed as a "Person of Interest" in this case.

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$60,000 worth of "computers and personal items," according to Flattery, who declined to say whether the items belonged to Jobs or one of his family members.
 

I am going to say these items belong to a family member.

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I remember (from the book) that Steve Jobs could never find furniture that he really liked, so the house was sparcely furnished.
I think I read that he had one designer coffee table in an otherwise empty living room.

Might explain why the theft only amounted to $60.000.

That probably WAS the coffee table.
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I am going to say these items belong to a family member.
What does it matter?

The family's assets are in a revocable living trust, pretty much invisible to the outside world.
post #30 of 69
I'm surprised the house wasn't more secure.
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Somebody forgot to set the alarm.

There's an App for that...

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For one thing burgled is used generally as an adjective and burglarize a verb.  -ize is a verb-forming suffix and makes a verb from the noun "Burglar", a thief.  Burgled is actually a back-formation and is used chiefly humourously, i.e. Dicken's line "a man of the burgling persuasion."

 

Also, your examples don't hold water because stolen is a past-participle of a verb and you can't verb-form a verb.  Ditto with thievery, which is the an abstract noun formed from another noun (thief), which is different from forming a verb from a concrete noun. Thieverization is a noun -> abstract noun -> verb -> noun again.   Very redundant and very different than burglarize

 

Surely both spellings are verbs and adjectives depending on usage. The fact that you could replace the offending word with burgled (and variation thereof) merely confirms this, along with the predating Dickensian usage. That they are also synonyms hints that the word root-word was bastardised when someone could not remember the correct sound and so invented an even longer way to say the same thing out of ignorance.
 
Seeing burgled was in use for around 300 years before someone thought of burglarize in the late nineteenth century it does hint at a little dumbing-down across the ages and continents.
 
I’m actually "taking-the-piss" about the usage especially "stolenized" and "thieverization" and I’m well aware of the * “iZation” of English but it stumps me when people use “long-zised” words when there are already perfectly good ones that they can’t be bothered to learn or remember. Reactions bring to mind something I once heard about colonial cousins and irony. :-)
 
Mind you, I’m not a linguist and English is not my mother-tongue so I’m not certain about these things - but you have occupy your mind with something when you’re cleaning the bogs.
 
* Hmmmm… maybe I should patent that?

Edited by igamogam - 8/14/12 at 10:00am
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First result on Google search for "Kariem McFarlin" is this:

 

http://www.facebook.com/kariem.mcfarlin

 

Click on the facebook link to see his ugly mug.

 

It's gotta be the same dude as the scumbag burglar and lowlife criminal thief, unless there's more than one Kariem McFarlin who's also from Alameda.

 

The criminal seems to be associated with some hospitals including a children's hospital! What a lowlife!

 

Hopefully they lock this failure of a person up behind bars where he'll get what he deserves for being such a loser and criminal.

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May that robber burn in hell for his actions against the greatest man to ever live.

 

 


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post #35 of 69

This is a great opportunity to use Remote Wipe.

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That must be him (or close enough) lets march to his house and sort him out.
I'll light the torches.
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Why say "burglarized" when you can use burgled?

What's the problem?  It's a perfectly cromulent word.

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That must be him (or close enough) lets march to his house and sort him out.
I'll light the torches.

The dude's already been arrested, no need to march to his house. He'll get what's coming to him when he spends time in the slammer.

 

And yes, it is most likely him. Seems to be around same age, same name, same town, same state etc.

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I am going to say these items belong to a family member.


And I would have said items were stolen from the home of Steve Jobs' family.

post #40 of 69

Steve's computer equipment is in a cave 2 miles below the ground protected by the Avengers and nuclear lasers. I'm not worried.


Edited by bdkennedy1 - 8/14/12 at 10:31am
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