A burglar who allegedly broke into the late Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home and stole $60,000 worth of computer equipment had no idea of its significance, said a prosecutor who called the burglary "totally random." The 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin, now in custody on $500,000 bail for one count of residential burglary and selling stolen goods, apparently thought he was just going for another break-in, prosecutors told the San Jose Mercury News' Jason Green. Prosecutors wouldn't say whether the stuff McFarlin allegedly stole and sold actually belonged to Jobs or if it belonged to another family member, but if it was the late Apple founder's, the significance could be a lot greater than just the value of the computer equipment and other items taken. It would be a historic loss. As the Los Angeles Times' Jessica Guynn reported in February, Jobs' "1930s brick-and-slate country cottage" had become a fairly popular destination for fans taking pilgrimages "to see where the great man lived," as one told reporter Guynn. Jobs' widow and three children still lived at the house, Guynn reported. In July, when the burglary took place, "the house was surrounded by a temporary construction barrier," The Associated Press reported.
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