Aug 14, 2012
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney and High-Technology Crimes Unit member Tom Flattery verified that a suspect has been arrested and is now being detained in county jail.
Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda has been arraigned on charges of residential burglary, selling stolen property, and the excessive taking of property.
A judge set bail at a half-million dollars, and the accused burglar faces a maximum California prison sentence of seven years and eight months, which includes a one-year enhancement for "excessive taking of property."
McFarlin will be back in Santa Clara County Superior Court to formally enter his plea on August 20.
The Kariem McFarlin mugshot is the photo displayed to your right.
It has been verified that a computer and computer files were stolen from Steve Jobs' house, so the criminal charge of selling stolen property is a revelation that has Silicon Valley on edge.
Law enforcement investigators are examining every possible motive involved in the crime, including the possible theft of Apple trade secrets arranged by a competitor or competitors.
Prosecutors charged Kariem McFarlin with the felony enhancement of "excessive taking of property" for reasons which will not be divulged until at least August 20.
Police are referring all questions regarding the Steve Jobs home burglary to the district attorney's office due to "sensitive details" surrounding the case.
Officials are lining up in lock-step with spin that appears to publicly paint Kariem McFarlin as a common burglar who stumbled upon Steve Jobs' residence but did not know whose house it was.
Seemingly, the public is supposed to imagine McFarlin as a thug who steals household items and sells them for cash on the street, but are there inconsistencies in such an official portrayal?
The Kariem McFarlin Facebook page shows a personal association with Alameda, Palo Alto, San Jose and other sections of the Bay Area.
Under "favorites," McFarlin has linked to:
- Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda
- California Pacific Medical Center
- Camp Mendocino
- Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
- Encinal Jets Football
- 3 Feet Inc.
- Alicia Alexander
- Fine Art by Trinh Mai
- The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
- The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
Using the legal profession's "reasonable person standard," most would agree that common robbers, thieves and burglars on the street do not typically associate (intentionally and publicly) with such high-minded businesses, organizations and tech products.
That being the case, the slightly ethnocentric photos of Kariem McFarlin would cause many to examine characterizations and subsequent developments in this criminal case through squinted eyes.
What exactly is going on in Palo Alto besides an obvious mystery that becomes increasingly obscure upon closer scrutiny?
Prudent observers will closely monitor developments in the Steve Jobs home burglary case with the utmost discernment amid a flood of conflicting news reports.
Look for the inconsistencies. In fact, here's one:
Those who are personally acquainted with Laurene Powell-Jobs, an extremely intelligent and accomplished executive, also know that there is absolutely no way she would leave something such as a $30,000 Tiffany necklace lying around her home when she is away from the house for any length of time.
Clear minds will indeed solve the Steve Jobs home burglary mystery.