Burglar of Jobs Family's Home Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    IDG News Service reports that Kariem McFarlin, the burglar who stole $60,000 worth of Apple products and other items from the home of Steve Jobs' family last July, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. McFarlin entered the home while it was undergoing renovation and stole two iMacs, three iPads, three iPods, an Apple TV, jewelry, and other items.
    Renovation work on the Jobs family home in July 2012 (Source: Forbes)
    Immediately following the burglary, officials indicated that it appeared to be a random crime of opportunity due to the renovation going on at the house, with McFarlin having been unaware that he was targeting the home of Steve Jobs' family. At the time of his arrest, McFarlin still had a number of the stolen items in his possession, while others had been distributed to friends, including an iPad that made its way into the hands of a local clown.

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  2. JXChain macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2013
  3. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    That's not even cool.... seven years is a lot of time for burglary.... but at least he was caught.
  4. FilipH macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    Apple Land
    wow, 7 years jail for that ? You'd have to murder someone in Belgium to get that much.
  5. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
  6. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    "while others had been distributed to friends, including an iPad that made its way into the hands of a local clown."

    This is my new favorite line I've read in a MR news article.
  7. STiNG Operation macrumors 6502a

    STiNG Operation

    Aug 15, 2012
    The Zoo
    The person will end up on the worlds dumbest criminals. He really should have done his research on this one. lmao.
  8. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    "Here, I'll give you this expensive Apple product if you give me this balloon for my son"
  9. phillipduran macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2008
    Multiple burglaries. Multiple home invasions. He plea bargained for the 7 years. Could have been like 17 years max penalty.

    That is a long time for stealing stuff. I wouldn't want to see that much time for a first offender, but since this guy has been doing this over and over at multiple homes, I think it is reasonable.
  10. kbt1020 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    Well Think of the positive. When he comes out, he'll have access to iPhone 8S, iPad 11, Ultra-slim-ultra-retina-display MBP, and 90 inch Apple TV. Then he can do it all over again.
  11. LastMinuteMike macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2012
    Holy **** that's a harsh sentence! Recently this guy shot a 17 year old girl in Sweden, and he was only sentenced to 2.8 years in jail.

    I know it's to different penal-systems, but still, the punishment doesn't really seem fit for the crime...

    If I didn't know better, I'd say it's because it was Steve Jobs house.
  12. RoelJuun macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
    Just about to say the same thing as I live in the Netherlands. And the worst thing is that it is no joke.
  13. leroypants macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2010
    Rachael Lee was the leader of the "Bling Ring" who stole an estimated 3 million dollars worth items was only sentenced to four years in jail...

    Alexis Neiers was sentanced to 180 days in jail and only served 30 after being involved in the 3 million dollar theft ring....
  14. JM-Prod macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2011

    Armed robbery and shoot a police man, and you get about 7 years in Norway. A bit on the short side if you ask me, but on the other hand.

    7 years for stealing a few consumer items... that's pretty insane.
  15. Lyiand macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    So does this mean Apple has the capability to track stolen Apple devices for customers, but just wont't?
  16. leroypants macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2010

    Yes it does.
  17. Laai macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2012
    That is more than any Wall Street Bad Bank Executive got.
    God bless America.
  18. carlemil macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    That's a long time considering how small the penalties for violent crimes sometimes are.

    On another note, sounds hardcore when you have something called Apple Security, assisting local law enforcement. I imagine some sort of Apple SWAT team, breaking and entering :cool:
  19. gnagy macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2009
    I wouldn't want my consumer products stolen, and a 7 year sentence sends the right message to other criminals. I think the punishment is about right.
  20. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    yet Mrs. Lohan still walks around freely and rapists get released after 2 years for "good behaviour"

  21. lunarworks macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I doubt they're equipped to handle the mass amount of people who would ask, and there's all sorts of liabilities involved. (Prove you are the actual owner and not just a stalker, for example.)

    But they offer the "Find My Mac" and "Find My iPhone" service, which is way more than you get from any other vendor.
  22. lukarak macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    In Croatia:

    2 people dead in a car accident (they weren't wearing seat belts), 11 months.
    4 people dead in a car-truck collision, typing on the cellphone, destroying evidence, 8 years.
    Execution, bullet to the back of the head, 4.5 years.
    Possession of marijuana, for personal use, enough for 3-4 joints, 2.5 years.
    Obduction, rape and murder, one victim, 40 years.

    Things are not always proportional. But repeated offenders should get the biggest sentences.
  23. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Breaking into someone's house is a much more serious crime than just stealing stuff. He's lucky he wasn't shot to death. He only loses 7 years of his life instead of all of it.
  24. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole

    Bernie Madoff got 150 years. Do the math.

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