Kariem McFarlin, the man who stole $60,000 in Apple hardware and luxury goods from Steve Jobs’ home on Waverley Street in Palo Alto last July, has been sentenced to seven years in a California state prison. McFarlin entered the home while it was undergoing renovation and stole an iMac, a customized Mac Mini, a white Apple iPad and 12 other Apple (AAPL) products, including three iPods, and an Apple TV. The 35 year old burglar also stole jewelry and Jobs’ wallet that contained his driver’s license, and a couple of his credit cards. Jobs had passed away nine months earlier.
McFarlin was caught by REACT, a Silicon Valley-based high-tech crime unit, when he plugged his Apple devices into a computer to use with his iTunes account. He was arrested a day after the burglary.
“REACT officers found McFarlin with help from Apple security, which tracked where the stolen devices were being used by matching their serial numbers with connections to Apple iTunes servers. The IP address in use matched a line in McFarlin’s apartment in nearby Alameda that was also being used by an Apple device registered to a member of his family, according to a police report…
McFarlin admitted to the burglary under questioning by Palo Alto police and said he had stolen from other homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, including two homes in Marin County, four homes in San Francisco County and one home in Alameda County.”
At the time of his arrest, McFarlin stated that he broke into the Jobs’ home on the night of July 17, 2012 without knowing it belonged to the Apple mogul, and that had done it due to money issues.