A number of computers and personal items valued to be worth approximately $60,000 were stolen from the late Steve Jobs' Palo Alto, Calif. home on July 17, it has been revealed.
Police believe that 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin of Alameda was unaware that the residence belonged to the late Apple founder, and he was arrested and charged with residential burglary and selling stolen property. He remains in the Santa Clara County jail on $500,000 bail pending a court hearing on Aug 20.
"It appears to be a random deal. We don't have anything to show that (Jobs' family) was targeted," Scott Tsui, supervising deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County, told CNN.
"I'd imagine the suspect eventually realized whose house he was in, but outside, it was just another house in Palo Alto," he added.
Although McFarlin committed the crime on July 17, he was arrested days later on Aug. 2 and details about the crime have only now become public.
"I've never gotten this many calls from people," Tsui said. "Other than the fact it involves Mr. Jobs, it's a pretty standard burglary case."
Police were able to track McFarlin down through the use of the stolen computer equipment. He now faces a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months if he is convicted of the crime.
Jobs, recently hailed the "greatest entrepreneur of our time" by Fortune magazine, died in October at the age of 56 after losing a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He shared the 2-story, red-brick home with his wife, Laurene Powell, and their three children Reed, Erin and Eve Jobs.
The iconic visionary is best known for creating some of the most advanced and innovative computer devices and smart phones of the century including the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers.