Score another one for Steve Jobs. A couple of weeks ago a burglar broke into the home of the Apple co-founder and made off with $60,000 worth of property. It was Apple’s technology that pointed police right to the man who committed the crime.
A 35-year-old homeless man, Kariem McFarlin, confessed to breaking into the home but said he didn’t know that it belonged to the Jobs’ family. He pawned some Tiffany jewelry, and then booted up a piece of the Apple hardware he’d stolen. He was busted when one of the two iMacs or three iPads he grabbed connected to Apple’s central servers to upgrade themselves.
Local police and Apple’s security team traced the stolen equipment right to McFarlin. Once he was caught, McFarlin pointed the investigators to a locker where he had also stashed Jobs’s wallet, credit cards and a letter.
The house was undergoing construction at the time of the burglary and was empty.