Alameda man pleads no contest to breaking into Steve Jobs home
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A Northern California man has pleaded no contest to charges that he broke into a number of Bay Area residences during the past year, including the home of the late Steve Jobs.
Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda accepted a plea agreement and was convicted Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court on eight felony counts of residential burglary and one felony count of selling stolen property, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
McFarlin apparently didn’t realize he was in Jobs’ Palo Alto house during the July break-in until he saw a letter addressed to the Apple Inc. co-founder, who died in October 2011. Police said Jobs’ wallet, Mac computer and other Apple devices were stolen during the burglary, along with champagne, jewelry and household items.
McFarlin, a former San Jose State football player, was arrested Aug. 2 on suspicion of breaking into Jobs’ home. Investigators subsequently linked him to seven other burglaries in the Bay Area.
He faces up to seven years and eight months in prison under the terms of the plea bargain.
-- Bettina Boxall