Not even the home of Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs has escaped a Bay Area-wide upswing in residential burglaries. But unlike a majority of those crimes, a suspect is in custody.
The deceased Apple co-founder's home on the 2100 block of Waverley Street in Palo Alto was burglarized July 17, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery, a member of the high-technology crimes unit.
More than $60,000 worth of "computers and personal items" were allegedly stolen, but Flattery declined to say whether they belonged to Jobs, who died last year at the age of 56, or another family member.
On Aug. 2, authorities arrested Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda in connection with the crime, Flattery said. He was arraigned five days later on one count of residential burglary and selling stolen property.
McFarlin, who remains in county jail on $500,000 bail, could face a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months, including a one-year enhancement for "excessive taking of property," Flattery said. He is slated to return to court Aug. 20 to enter a plea.
Bay Area cities have seen double-digit jumps in burglaries during the first half of the year. Police in Palo Alto attributed the city's 63 percent increase to unlocked doors and windows. A "Lock It or Lose It" campaign launched earlier this year seeks to change that behavior.
Details about the burglary at Jobs' residence were scarce Monday. The crime was listed in
the weekend report log released to the media, but police referred all questions about it to the district attorney's office. Lt. Zach Perron said that was because charges had been filed.
Flattery was tight-lipped about the case, declining to discuss the chain of events that led to McFarlin's arrest in Alameda. But he revealed that McFarlin was likely unaware of the home's significance.
"The best we can tell is it was totally random," Flattery said about the crime.
The residence was surrounded by a temporary construction barrier in July. Exterior stucco and trim are being replaced at the home, according to building permits filed with the city. The work, which also includes two new electrical panels, is expected to cost more than $31,000.
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