A down-on-his-luck, 35-year-old homeless man broke into Steve Jobs’ home with a spare key, stole a cache of pricey electronics, jewelry and even the late computer icon’s wallet with $1 inside, and got caught when the pilfered Apple hardware snitched to the company’s mainframe, according to police documents obtained exclusively by The Daily.
Wearing work gloves, Kariem McFarlin set down lawn furniture cushions outside the perimeter of the home in order to safely toss his take including: two iMacs, three iPads, one Apple TV, a Sodastream soda maker and various Tiffany jewels before fleeing away in his car.
McFarlin also found a wallet containing “Steve Jobs’ California Driver’s License, credit cards and personal items” and $1…
McFarlin was quickly caught after he plugged in the various hot Apple hardware, which contacted central servers to upgrade itself. A task force made of Apple security and local Palo Alto police quickly traced the hot goods back to McFarlin.
So basically, unlike the Mat Honan situation, the Apple security mechanisms did what they were supposed to do. What an interesting tale. That $1 must’ve been symbolic.
» For comparison’s sake, Bernie Madoff got 150 years. Stanford, who was convicted of 13 of 14 fraud counts in March, lived a lavish life, and was at one point personally worth $2 billion. (His scheme, half the size of Madoff’s, was nonetheless massive.) But his assets were frozen and he was so broke that he had to rely on court-appointed lawyers. Said lawyers have no sense of gravity, apparently — they seriously thought he’d get jailed for less than four years? Perhaps, though, it was Stanford himself who screwed up his chances, telling the judge this on Thursday: “I’m not here to ask for sympathy or forgiveness or to throw myself at your mercy. I did not run a Ponzi scheme. I didn’t defraud anybody.” He spoke for 40 minutes. He claimed the U.S. used “gestapo tactics” on him. In return, he got a huge sentence.