Police in Santa Clara county California have confirmed that a man has been arrested following a July robbery at the home of the late Steve Jobs, and that over $70,000 worth of computers and other goods were taken.
The house was undergoing renovations at the time, and a chain link fence around the property tipped off alleged burglar Kariem McFarlin that it was most likely unoccupied. McFarlin told police that he had no idea who lived at the house, although his haul should have given him a clue.
Stolen items include pretty much the full catalog of Apple gear including a MacBook, three iPads, three iPods, two iPhones, a Mac Mini and an Apple TV. He also grabbed Jobs's wallet, which contained his driver's license and just one dollar, Tiffany jewelery worth $60.000, a bottle of Cristal champagne, a Sodastream machine, a Ninja blender, and a pair of Beats by Dre headphones. Can you say par-taaay?
The cops say they were able to track McFarlin down after he used some of the stolen gear to connect to the Internet; he is now being held on $500,000 bail. Ouch.
There's a hard lesson about stealing connected technology in today's modern world right there: computers and smartphones are pretty good about figuring out where they are, and that information can help police track down stolen goods. Not all the time, but in a case this high profile, it's almost a guarantee unless the burglar makes a move to prevent getting tracked.
Contrary to rumors, neither former Gizmodo writer Jason Chen nor anyone from Samsung were considered suspects.