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Burglar who swiped Steve Jobs' wallet, computers quickly traced after powering them on

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More details surround the recent burglary at the home of Steve Jobs have surfaced in a police report, revealing that the suspect also managed to swipe the late Apple co-founder's car keys and wallet -- which contained just $1 -- along with several Apple devices that quickly gave away his location once they were powered on and connected to the company's servers.

Kariem McFarlin, a 35-year-old Alemeda, Calif., confessed that his crime was one of desperation, explaining that he'd been living out of his car. He told police that when he saw Jobs' home at 2101 Waverly Street in Palo Alto, Calif. was under construction, he immediately seized the opportunity.

After parking his car on a side street, McFarlin proceeded to scale scaffolding to get over the property's cyclone fence. After failing to find an open door to the property, he lucked out by discovering a key in an unsecured storage area that eventually opened the main entrance to the residence.

McFarlin, then wearing white gloves, proceeded to turn over the home under the cover of darkness, stealing two iMacs, there iPads, three iPods, an Apple TV, and more than $60,000 in fine jewelry. No alarm sounded and no lights turned on throughout the duration of the burglary.

Of the fine jewels McFarlin stole and later shipped to an out-of-state dealer, a $30,000 Tiffany & Co. platinum and aquamarine necklace with three strands of aquamarine beads was his biggest score.

He also made off a $28,950 pair of Tiffany platinum, diamond and aquamarine lace-drop earrings, as well as a $28,5000 Tiffany platinum, diamond and aquamarine crochet necklace bezel set with two hundred and forty seven round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately five-carats total weight.



Before leaving with the stolen property, McFarlin snagged a key to a Mercedes and then threw an arrangement of lawn furniture cushions from the property onto the opposite side of the property's cyclone fence so they'd serve as a safety net for the iMacs and other Apple hardware which he tossed over the fence and loaded into his own car before making his getaway.



Police were advised of the break-in the following day after the house manager noticed the spare key missing and the house ransacked. Working with Apple, the police quickly tracked McFarlin's location by his IP address once he powered on one of the iPads stolen from Jobs' home. The device immediately connected to Apple's servers for routine updates and identified itself as a device registered to the company co-founder or one of his family members.

In a subsequent interview, Jobs' widow Laurene Powell said she hadn't been living at the home while it was under construction but had left a lot of her belongings in the residence because she was staying nearby.

McFarlin, who maintains he did not know who he was burglarizing at the start of his heist, later discovered amongst the stolen possessions Jobs' wallet -- which contained his drivers license, credit cards, and $1. A letter authored to the formerpolice Apple chief also wound up in McFarlin's possession, cluing him in on the identity of his victims.

Following his arrest, he asked to write an apology letter -- presumably to Laurene Powell and her family -- identifying himself as the burglar and explaining his motives were driven by desperation.

McFarlin 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."

You can see a complete copy of the 32-page police report here, courtesy of The Daily
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Well, he's not homeless anymore!
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Does not surprise me that there was only $1 in his wallet. When you think his yearly salary was only $1, it is impressive he still had that $1 in his wallet...

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Well, he's not homeless anymore!

You beat me to it!

 

 


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post #5 of 87
Proof read your articles please. Not sure what those monetary figures are and how many iPads.
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Completely agree.... the errors are horrible on this article!

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I concur!

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year's salary...

 

oops kjespoko got it first

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post #9 of 87

That's $1 more than I carry around in cash. 

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He also made off a $2,8950 pair of Tiffany platinum, diamond and aquamarine lace-drop earrings, [...]

new math? metric?
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post #11 of 87

And when he gets out of jail, he will be homeless again and mostly unemployable.

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That's $1 more than I carry around in cash. 

 

I don't use cash at all anymore except if I'm at a dodgy store like 7-11 or something but I always carry $40-$100 in case I get held up.  

It's usually better to carry a bit of cash for the robbers than to get killed because they are mad you don't have anything.  

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Desktop computer, iMac, serial number: unknown

 

Yeah, because it's "00000001".

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Me too.

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Well, he's not homeless anymore!

They always say, "never smarten up a dummy". How true!

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I'm glad he's writing an apology letter to the Jobs family... They suffered a lot when Steve died, but this I'm sure doesn't make anything better.

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I usually do not complain about the little errors in these articles, but this one takes the cake for mistakes:

"More details surround the recent burglary at the home of Steve Jobs have surfaced in a police report" should have used surrounding.

"stealing two iMacs, there iPads, three iPods" I assume would be "three iPads", although I suppose it could be "their iPads" as well...

"off a $2,8950 pair of Tiffany platinum, diamond and aquamarine lace-drop earrings, as well as a $28,5000 Tiffany platinum" should be "off WITH a $28,950" AND $28,500

"32-page please report here" I assume would be police.

I won't get into who vs whom, and other niggling details, I know that that level of detail is not really critical, but these errors were particularly noteworthy...
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post #18 of 87

When he gets out he won't have his car either. If he left it on the street its sure to be towed and impounded. The impound fees will be pretty steep by the time he gets out.

 $1 in a wallet is a lot for someone who's been dead for several months. I would have assumed that his family would have emptied his wallet of any cash or credit cards. I always like to carry cash in case credit/debit systems are out of order or malfunctioning when I need them. Its good to know that I have a fallback.

 
 
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Why did this article have so many errors? are there now editors on this website? 

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are there NO editors on this website? ...well I suppose that's fitting.

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More details surround the recent burglary at the home of Steve Jobs have surfaced in a police report, revealing that the suspect also managed to swipe the late Apple co-founder's car keys and wallet -- which contained just $1 -- along with several Apple devices that quickly gave away his location once they were powered on and connected to the company's servers.

 

Hey, that's an entire years salary in that wallet!!!

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So, Apple will assist the Police in recovering stolen Apple products from the Job's family but will not do so for others. If you look at different Mac forums, there are multiple threads about lost or stolen iphones, iPads and MBP's that owners have used the find my device feature but Police will not help them. I'm sorry to hear about the break in but how about a little justice for all.

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The amount of proofreading errors in this article is ridiculous

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as of this writing, about a third of the comments are just about the poorly written article. you gotta wonder how many people actually pay attention to what the article is saying when they can't get past the spelling and grammar errors in an ostensibly professionally written piece.

someone else provided this link in another ai article; it bears repeating:

from kyle wiens, founder of ifixit.com, in the "harvard business review": http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/07/i_wont_hire_people_who_use_poo.html

and a response in "the economist": http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2012/07/language-and-computers
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post #25 of 87
Originally Posted by grblade View Post
The amount of proofreading errors in this article is ridiculous

 

I just read over the article and fixed some. Do you see more?

 

I'm certainly willing to be AI's pre-posting proofreader if any of the higher-ups are reading this (I would just send them a PM, but I never hear back…). I've plenty of my own writings for you to peruse as proof of my capabilities.

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Well, he's not homeless anymore!

Next seven years....3 meals a day, roof over your head and all the sex you could possibly want! Great! :)

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Kariem McFarlin knows all about Steve Jobs.  He checked his browser history!

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post #28 of 87

Steve kept $1 in his wallet on purpose.

 

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When he gets out he won't have his car either. If he left it on the street its sure to be towed and impounded. The impound fees will be pretty steep by the time he gets out.

 $1 in a wallet is a lot for someone who's been dead for several months. I would have assumed that his family would have emptied his wallet of any cash or credit cards. I always like to carry cash in case credit/debit systems are out of order or malfunctioning when I need them. Its good to know that I have a fallback.

 
 
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So, Apple will assist the Police in recovering stolen Apple products from the Job's family but will not do so for others. If you look at different Mac forums, there are multiple threads about lost or stolen iphones, iPads and MBP's that owners have used the find my device feature but Police will not help them. I'm sorry to hear about the break in but how about a little justice for all.

This isn't an Apple issue — it's an issue with the local police departments. Luckily, the Jobs family lives in prosperous, low-crime Palo Alto where police resources aren't stretched past breaking point.

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For a minute I thought maybe it was just me that my
Brain was beginning to hurt while trying to make sense
Of some of the things in this article. Lol.
Anyway, it's a trip he was caught from turning
On an iPad. Lol.
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Steve Jobs still marketing from the grave ... Go Steve!
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We're all a few days short of not eating of being criminals. There are more families in homeless shelters than ever before. There are piss poor broke people that were millionaires just a few years ago. Cut the guy a little slack.
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Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post
We're all a few days short of not eating of being criminals.

 

No, not really. Not at all, in fact.

 

Cut the guy a little slack.

 

No. Though I'm glad to see your worldview on theft is at least consistent whether it's a single guy that knows better breaking the law or a multinational corporation that knows better breaking the law.

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We're all a few days short of not eating of being criminals. There are more families in homeless shelters than ever before. There are piss poor broke people that were millionaires just a few years ago. Cut the guy a little slack.

 

You're really twisting things around here.  Almost all petty theft is to get money for drug addiction.  The idea that he was just "hungry" is stupid.  There are food banks everywhere and they are generally over-stocked in my town.  No matter how poor you are, if you don't have a drug addiction, there shouldn't be any problem getting food in any city in North America or Europe.  Getting a home or a job is much harder, but eating is rarely a problem for the homeless. 

 

The idea that the homeless people of today were all "millionaires just a few years ago," is laughable nonsense.  

Pretty much all the "homeless" are drug addicts or people with mental health issues, not failed millionaires. 

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I just read over the article and fixed some. Do you see more?

I'm certainly willing to be AI's pre-posting proofreader if any of the higher-ups are reading this (I would just send them a PM, but I never hear back…). I've plenty of my own writings for you to peruse as proof of my capabilities.

I had a post where I pointed out a few, assume you got those?
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post #36 of 87
So what's the story on the stolen "Apple TV"?
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Originally Posted by NoahJ View Post
I had a post where I pointed out a few, assume you got those?

 

Yessir. Any more? I switched around a few words to make some sentences read better, too.


Originally Posted by ackpfft View Post
So what's the story on the stolen "Apple TV"?
 

It's obviously a usable tiny box, not some stupid giant panel.

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We're all a few days short of not eating of being criminals. There are more families in homeless shelters than ever before. There are piss poor broke people that were millionaires just a few years ago. Cut the guy a little slack.

 

Name one millionaire (someone who had $1 million or more in assets, not including the home they lived in), who is now piss poor.  

 

But I agree with your other comments.   If I hadn't been born white to a middle class family, I doubt very much that I would achieved the career success that I've had.   If my family was just a bit poorer, I probably would not have been able to attend college.    If I had been a minority, among the companies I've worked at, if just one hiring manager or executive had been slightly racist, it could have changed my entire career for the worse.    Even if I had the career, I probably would have been paid far less.      Etc.

 

It's very easy to look at someone who hasn't made it and blame them for not working hard enough in school, not planning ahead, etc., but in our very expensive society, it really doesn't take all that much to wind up in the streets.    As we move more and more to a service economy, a greater number of workers are surviving on minimum wage or close to it (and that's if they're lucky enough to be working).     In most places in the U.S., it's virtually impossible to survive on minimum wage unless you're living in someone else's household.   Frankly, when I see what my basic expenses are (and I live in a 2-bedroom apartment in a middle-class neighborhood -- nothing fancy), it constantly makes me wonder how even decently paid people survive.   

 

However, I'm not sure I buy the guy's story.   He broke into Steve Jobs' house by a matter of coincidence?    His is the only house in Palo Alto that's under construction?      Is Palo Alto a place where one can live in their car and not get noticed, especially in a residential neighborhood?     He sure seemed to know where to resell the expensive jewelry...it's not like he sold an expensive piece for $100 on the street to get something to eat for a few days.

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You're really twisting things around here.  Almost all petty theft is to get money for drug addiction.  The idea that he was just "hungry" is stupid.  There are food banks everywhere and they are generally over-stocked in my town.  No matter how poor you are, if you don't have a drug addiction, there shouldn't be any problem getting food in any city in North America or Europe.  Getting a home or a job is much harder, but eating is rarely a problem for the homeless. 

The idea that the homeless people of today were all "millionaires just a few years ago," is laughable nonsense.  
Pretty much all the "homeless" are drug addicts or people with mental health issues, not failed millionaires. 

You're twisting my words around. I have no idea what situation he was in I was just stating the fact and I never said that former millionaires are now homeless. Look at what happened in New Orleans after Katrina, everything was under water even your precious food banks. People of all races, creeds, color, and financial well being had to steal whatever they could find in order to eat. Oh I'm sorry I forgot that white people were "finding" food and the blacks were "rioting".
Edited by dasanman69 - 8/15/12 at 11:53am
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I usually do not complain about the little errors in these articles, but this one takes the cake for mistakes:

I won't get into who vs whom, and other niggling details, I know that that level of detail is not really critical, but these errors were particularly noteworthy...

Well, you were certainly named (or named yourself) appropriately!

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