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Police have arrested a man accused of breaking into the former home of Apple icon Steve Jobs and stealing over $60,000 worth of "computer equipment and personal items." On July 17, Job's former home on Waverley Street in Palo Alto was broken into and turned over, AP reports. Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom …

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Anonymous Coward

No iBurglarAlarm?

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Anonymous Coward

'twas a Fandroid looking for new ideas.

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IT Angle

I wish they were more expliciate. Like journalism and such...

alas...it's just bait click stuff.

Please let him lie in rest.....he has done enough, Quit trying to deride his name beotches.

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Coat

The burglar got away with, what, two or three Macs then?

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Just a couple machines running Windows 7 and a Samsung Galaxy tab.

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Anonymous Coward

One of these - http://www.reghardware.com/2012/04/12/macintosh_128k_prototype_with_twiggy_drive_hits_ebay/

Or a quarter of this - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/15/apple_1_auction_sothebys/

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Exactly

The auction value of Steve Jobs' own computers would definitely be five figures per model.

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WTF?

Trumped up...

"Excessive taking of property"?! Is that even a real/legal charge under the law because it sounds like bullshit to me. Speaking as someone who has been a victim of a B&E Theft, having even one item stolen is excessive.

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"Trumped up?" Nah

Never heard of petit theft vs. grand theft?

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Anonymous Coward

Nope

I have heard of petty theft though

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Headmaster

Re: Nope

Is that because you are... uneducated?

http://www.richardhornsby.com/crimes/theft/petit-theft.html

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Depends on where you happen to be

Some jurisdictions spell it one way, some the other. Either means about the same.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Nope

No, It's because I am not American and a with a quick search it looks like America is the only place in the world to use petit to describe it and even there only a couple of states use it. Maybe it was a mis-spelling when they were writing the law?

http://www.criminal-law-lawyer-source.com/terms/petty-theft.html

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Re: "Trumped up?" Nah

Yes, I have heard of petty/grand theft. However the "excessive taking of property" charge was used to escalate the sentence, which I would presume was a charge of grand theft. So yes, it sounds trumped up to me. Somewhat along the line of charging someone for public drunkenness then upping the penalty with an added charge of 'excessive intoxication'.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: "Trumped up?" Nah

Or my personal favorite: (American) football player Adrian Peterson was arrested a couple of months ago for "resisting arrest".

There's a chicken and egg problem for you...

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Re: "Trumped up?" Nah

>Never heard of petit theft vs. grand theft?

>Is that because you are uneducated?

I might have heard the terms in passing because American film and television does reach our shores from time to time. My education was not to bad, but my teachers never thought I would need to know some distinctions in the criminal law of another country (well, some might have had suspicions...)

But still, "Excessive taking of property" does suggest that there is "reasonable taking of property"... but as anyone who has ever awoken to find a member of their household has pilfered the last teabag will agree, it can be a subjective, context-sensitive distinction.

Its TheRegister.CO.UK.

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Headmaster

Re: "Trumped up?" Nah

Dave 126 "My education was not to bad.."

too bad?

But I share your bafflement about 'excessive taking of property' Especially as a quick Google of it just turns up this same story, on the Reg and in other organs.

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Re: Trumped up...

"Excessive taking of property" = robbing a rich person

Obviously you have to take that more seriously.

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Headmaster

Re: Nope

Petit from the French for small/little (petite: feminine).

Grande is large...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Nope

Not sure, they seem to have a lot of French influence in their bastardized version of English. Just listen to the way they pronounce "herb". Maybe there is some historic connexion to the Louisiana purchase, and of course Canada is to their North. Is it to do with petit being the French adjective for small?

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Re: "Trumped up?" Nah

Petit? Is that the french version?

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Re: Depends on where you happen to be

Certainly does. The word "petty" for small or trivial derives from "petit" anyway.

It's all the fault of the Normans you know. The Old English Dictionary offers "nearu" (restricted) as what it would have been prior to the late 11th Century.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Nope

No, it's because he's not American. Also not being American, I've never heard the term, either.

That's not a sign of ill-education.

Paris; because she's American and thinks that it's the centre of the universe, too.

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Pocket change

You can bet that amount of money is just pocket change to what his family inherited. You can also bet most of those computers were free, from his own company. They just jacked up the number to use a retail price that they never even paid.

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Re: Pocket change

Oh so that makes it ok to rob his house then?

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Re: Pocket change

Why, yes, if you're hard of thinking like us, you know that El Steve was a one dimensional bad-guy who did something that we can't quite put our finger on but made use hate him and his successful company.

We're pretty sure he had a white cat and a base inside a hollowed out volcano too.

As a result anything bad that happens to people who were close to him is just karma getting back into balance.

As you didn't know this we will now have to assume you are an evil hench-genius (with blue t-shirt and everything) and then down vote whatever you say.

Have a nice day!

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Depends what value you apple-I mean apply

What would His Steveness's personal computer on which the iPhone WAS DESIGNED (oh and the Samsung Galaxy S as well, and Android, and a large proportion of Windows Aero) fetch on eBay?

$60,000 feels about right for what His own personal collection could fetch at auction.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Depends what value you apple-I mean apply

Troll softer.

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Anonymous Coward

Close...

Steve Jobs didn't design the iphone. At least get your facts straight when trolling.

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That was a joke

not trolling.

(For humourless people, yes, if he'd wanted the computers the Samsung Galaxy S was designed at he would obviously have stolen Jonathan Ive's and Scott Forstall's....)

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Anonymous Coward

Re: what His own personal collection could fetch at auction

the provenance documentation would be wonderful to see -

I nicked it meself from da gaffer's aahs, din ay?

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Anonymous Coward

$60,000 isn't much.

"You might think $60,000 is a fair amount of kit to leave around the house"

Could have been as little as an iPhone and a Patek Philippe watch that someone forgot to put in the safe.

Not that hard for a well-to-do couple to have $60K (insured value) of jewelry lying about. Probably much easier for billionaires.

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Anonymous Coward

$60k sounds about right

This kid's kidney should cost about that much by the time in reaches Job's http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/08/kidney_ipad_iphone_china/

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Hang on!

"high-technology crimes unit"

So basically Apple's personal police force get's used once more.

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Re: Hang on!

Looks like Stevie Boy opted for the gorgeous level of police protection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLfghLQE3F4

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"Excessive taking of property"

Any idea what the acceptable amount is?

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@Nya

If you lived in Santa Clara county you would know that high-technology crimes unit deals with online harassment, organized tech theft rings when a high dollar amount of tech is stolen.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: @Nya

Sadly it wouldn't stop him trolling.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: @Nya

But the vast majority of the world's population don't live in Santa Clara, why should we know?

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Re: @Nya

Then don't make a comment with out knowing the facts. At least use google to find out what they do. If I made an asinine comment about London, would the fact that most of the world does not live there make a difference ?

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Joke

Just a chuckle...

Flattery won't get him anywhere other than gaol.

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[Insert joke about jail breaking here]

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Anonymous Coward

Burglar steals $60,000 of computers from Steve Jobs' home

good

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So hard up for an Apple story, we're resorting to stuff that is at best big news for a local paper?

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Anonymous Coward

The 60 thousand dollar question.

Is this sixty thousand quids worth, the new iMONLYBOUGHTBYCHUMPS?

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Holmes

I'm surprised nobody has come out with the "Hows disrespectful of the dead" angle yet.

So to head that one off, here's my response: The thief was probably just a druggie muppet, who figured he's case a transparently wealthy family's house. I doubt very much that this was a targeted effort.

The fact he has already been caught is a big giveaway. If the US police are anywhere near as incompetent and apathetic as our when it comes to burglary, they probably only caught him because he tried to flog them a 20 grand jewelry piece. Not the mistake a serious memorbilia thief would make.

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Holmes

iphone 5 I recon..

One needs to be left around somewhere soon. Or a magic magic mouse of course, should put the numbers about right...

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Anonymous Coward

So much for...

..walled-garden security.

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Trollface

tables are turned

Nice to see someone stealing from Steve rather than him stealing innovation from the rest of the world.

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Anonymous Coward

HIS NAME WAS NOT "Steve Job"

Therefore, if one wishes to describe the home that belonged to him, one would correctly write "Steve Jobs's former home".

Isn't this primary (elementary) school stuff, Mr. Journalist?

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