Kariem McFarlin: Alleged Burglar Also Took Off With Steve Jobs' Wallet, License, and Car Key

Now he really needs money
Kariem McFarlin, the man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs' home last month, reportedly confessed to investigators, saying he was "desperate for cash" and saw the late Apple CEO's home vacant and under construction.

According to press reports, McFarlin told police he had no clue the Palo Alto fortress was hallowed grounds; he just hopped the fence, found a spare key and let himself in. There was no alarm and nobody was home, so he allegedly ransacked the place, taking off with $60,000 worth of computers, iPads, iPhones, and Jobs' wallet, which, ironically, had a single dollar in it.

According to police reports, McFarlin also snatched up tons of jewelry, champagne, and, more randomly, a kitchen blender. He used luggage he found inside the home to haul his loot away, police said.

It wasn't until he saw a letter addressed to Jobs inside the home that he learned whose house he had burglarized.

The best part is that it was Jobs' own technology that helped police track down the accused burglar; Police said when McFarlin, 35, used the stolen devices to connect to the Internet with his iTunes account, Apple investigators were able to identify him using an IP address.

After that, police swarmed his Alameda apartment where they said they found many of the stolen items, according to the Mercury News. He then confessed and wrote an apology letter to Jobs' widow, police said.

"What an idiot," McFarlin's former boss Ross Rankin told the Merc. "There's certain things you don't do, and burglary is one of them, but burglarizing an icon like that, that just puts yourself pretty much in the deep hole."

McFarlin was arrested on Aug. and remains in jail on a $500,000 bail. He's expected to appear in court on Aug. 20.

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