By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 18, 2012 01:02 PM EDT
An iPad stolen from the house of the late Steve Jobs ended up as a jukebox in the hands of a clown, literally. Kenny the Clown, who was found in possession of the stolen iPad, said he had no idea the device was lifted from Jobs' home.
"The thing that is embarrassing to me is I'm a huge fan of Steve Jobs," said the clown, Kenneth Kahn. "It's just bizarre." The 47-year-old entertainer received the stolen 64GB iPad last month, but was unaware of its source. Kahn and his friend, 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin of Alameda, had been planning to go on vacation to Hawaii, but their plans fell through and McFarlin gave the iPad to Kahn in exchange for some money he had borrowed.
"He owed me $300 for the plane tickets, so he said he had an Apple computer that he wasn't using anymore," Kahn told the Associated Press (AP) on Friday, Aug. 17. "I said fine, not having any clue what the hell was going on." Kahn said he never looked through the contents of the device, and had no connection to the robbery.
Kahn said he used the device mostly for playing tunes such as the "Pink Panther" during his clowning routine. He had the iPad only for a few days before police came for it. The device has now been returned to Jobs' family. It was unclear whether Steve Jobs had ever used the iPad.
McFarlin was arrested on Aug. 2 on suspicion of breaking into Jobs' Palo Alto home.
According to the police, Apple investigators found the thief because McFarlin used the stolen device to connect to his iTunes account online. The thief confessed to the police that he broke into Jobs' home, as well as several other residences, according to a police report. McFarlin also wrote an apology letter to Jobs' widow.
Authorities said McFarlin targeted the Jobs' residence on July 17 because it was under renovation and unoccupied. When construction crews left the site, the burglar hopped a fence, found a spare key and helped himself to some goodies, San Jose Mercury News reported. According to the publication, the thief did not realize he was in Jobs' house until he saw a letter addressed to the iconic Apple visionary.
Other items stolen from Jobs' home include iPhones, iPads, iPods, Mac computers, champagne, $60,000 worth of jewelry, and even Jobs' wallet and driver's license. McFarlin remained in jail with a bail set for $500,000, and is expected to appear in court on Monday, Aug. 20. If convicted, he faces nearly eight years in prison.
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