Kariem McFarlin, the burglar who stole $60,000 worth of Apple products and other items from the home of Steve Jobs’ family last July, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. McFarlin broke into the house while it was being renovated, and stole numerous items, including two iMacs, three iPads, three iPods, and an Apple TV.
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.
When questioned by Palo Alto police, McFarlin admitted to the burglary, and said he had stolen items from other homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
At the time of hie apprehension, McFarlin still had a number of stolen items in his possession, Although he has distributed a number of them to friends, including an iPad that wound up in the possession of a local children’s street performer known as “Kenny the Clown.”