Almost a month ago Steve Jobs’ home was burglarized while under repair, by a thief who had no idea whose house it was.
Apparently on July 17, the home was broken into and and some $60,000 worth of “computers and personal items” stolen. It was empty due to construction: its exterior stucco and trim were being replaced, and so probably wasn’t being looked after as closely as it needed to. On August 2nd a suspect was detained, and Kariem McFarlin and charged with one count of residential burglary and selling stolen property. He currently has a $500,000 bail, and could face seven years and eight months in prison.
What’s striking about this case isn’t that an empty house in a wealthy neighborhood was broken into, but that the alleged thief didn’t know that it was Jobs house. This was not a heist-like situation were it was deliberately researched and targeted, but rather one described as “totally random.”
Bay Area cities are said to have seen a major upswing in burglaries this year, up 63%.