You might think we’re teasing you about the stupidity level of the thief that robbed Steve Jobs’ home last month, snatching roughly $60,000 worth of goods from the late Apple co-founder. But seriously: Steve Jobs’ stolen iPads have been recovered, and one of it was being used by a clown performer as part of his act.
The children’s entertainer otherwise known as Kenny the Clown was unaware that he was using a stolen iPad after his friend gave the device to him. This friend, of course, is Kariem McFarlin, who is currently under police custody for breaking into Jobs’ Palo Alto home on July 17.
Kenny, real name Kenneth Kahn, said McFarlin gave him two iPads, one that he gave to his young daughter and the other as a prop for his act. Kahn was reportedly using the silver 64GB iPad to play the Pink Panther theme song and some Michael Jackson tunes to accommodate his performance. Naturally, he had no idea these devices were actually stolen until police came to his door, demanding the goods back.
“It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house,” Kahn, 47, told Mercury News. “It’s bizarre; it’s really bizarre.”
Kahn gave police the iPads back without hesitation. Among the items that McFarlin took from Jobs’ home are a few other iOS products, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and Jobs’ wallet and driver’s license.
As if the story couldn’t be any more strange, Kahn is not just an entertainer; he is also a former San Francisco mayoral candidate during the 2007 election, and a former mayoral candidate in 2006 and 2010 for his hometown of Alameda, California. He reportedly met McFarlin more than 10 years ago when he acted as McFarlin’s basketball coach at Encinal High School, and never saw him as “any type of menace” — claiming that he just made a bad decision to steal. McFarlin is due in court on Monday for the theft of Steve Jobs’ properties.
“It still hasn’t really 100 percent set in for me. It was Steve Jobs’ iPad — literally,” Kahn said. “If this thing weren’t so tragic, it would be comical.”
We couldn’t say it better ourselves.