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Man who robbed Steve Jobs' Palto Alto home, Kariem McFarlin, apologizes to Apple founder's widow


Flowers and messages are placed in memory of Steve Jobs outside the residence of the Apple co-founder in Palo Alto on October 6, 2011.



A man charged with breaking into Steve Jobs' Palto Alto home and stealing $60,000 in Apple hardware and luxury goods — plus Jobs' wallet — has pleaded guilty and apologized to Jobs' widow.

According to the Daily Mail, Kariem McFarlin, 35, faces more than seven years in prison after being convicted of eight counts of residential burglary and one count of possessing stolen property.

During the 15-hour robbery last July 17, McFarlin took iPhones, iPads, iPods, Mac computers, Cristal Champagne and $60,000 worth of Tiffany & Co. jewelry, the Associated Press reported, citing police.

Jobs' wallet was in the wallet McFarlin took, along with an American Express Titanium credit card. 

The heist was one of a string committed by McFarlin targeting homes around the Bay Area for more than a year between March 2011 and July 2012, CBS wrote, adding that he mainly hit houses that looked empty or under construction.

He apparently didn't realize he was in Jobs' house, on Waverly Street, until he saw a letter addressed to the late Apple co-founder. 

He was caught after he logged onto iTunes on one of the iPads belonging to Jobs, who died in October 2011.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery told NBC San Diego that police "treated it like any other burglary."

"The Steve Jobs part got the attention of the media," he said. 

McFarlin's defense attorney James Kellenberger told NBC Bay Area of his client' remorse:  

"He wrote a letter to Mrs. Jobs telling her he was sorry. He wished her her well and didn't mean to cause her difficulties. He took responsibility for his actions."

Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell, lives at the property but was staying elsewhere because of construction work.

However, McFarlin also admitted keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property from his burglaries at his home and storage locker in Alameda, including computers, jewelry, furniture and a solid silver bar.

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