The 35-year-old American, who had burgled the home of Steve Jobs’s family, has just been sentenced by the court in Santa Clara, California to serve a 7-year sentence, as well as compensating his victims.
Kariem McFarlin, 35, had been stopped last august 2 by the authorities of the county of Santa Clara (California). He was accused of several burglaries, including that of the house of Steve Jobs, located Palo Alto, where there was robbery, in July, of computer equipment (two iMacs, three iPads, three iPods, an Apple TV box ) and personal property (a diamond necklace and earrings), the total value of which is estimated at over $ 60,000. According to the site Mercury News, McFarlin was recently tried and has just been sentenced to seven years in prison for a series of burglaries in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, the latter was also ordered to compensate his victims. The amount of the damages is not known.
Kariem McFarlin was arrested on August 2 when he was robbing another house located not far from that of the Jobs family. Questioned by the Palo Alto police, the latter admitted having burgled several houses during the last months preceding his arrest. He said he jumped over the fence of the Jobs house before breaking open the garage door to get into the house. He apologized for his actions "which are the source of his money problems and despair," he said. The total amount of the stolen property is estimated at more than $ 200,000.
To capture him, Palo Alto police asked for help from the San Francisco IT and High Tech Unit (REACT). The latter succeeded in copying one of the iPads found in the Jobs house. The Palo Alto police were able to trace the burglar's home on the basis of the tablet's serial number found on the many IP addresses "scanned" by the specialized unit. On the spot, the police found numerous damaged property, including that belonging to the Jobs family.
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