Kenny the Clown used an iPad boosted from Steve Jobs' home to play music while entertaining kids and tourists, before police asked for it back
Crime is usually no laughing matter — but when it comes to an iPad stolen from Steve Jobs' home landing in the hands of a local clown, a little chuckle is forgivable.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that a 64GB tablet taken from Jobs' Palo Alto, Calif., home during a July burglary landed with Alameda, Calif.-based entertainer Kenneth Kahn — professional name: Kenny the Clown — after the suspected robber, a friend of Kahn's, gave it to him.
Kahn (pictured) told the paper that he was unaware that the device was stolen from the deceased Apple honcho's home until his friend was arrested.
He probably already knew it was hot however, since the police confiscated the device before his pal was arrested on Aug. 2.
"It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house," Kahn, 47, said. "It's bizarre; it's really bizarre."
According to police, Kahn's friend, 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin of Alameda, burgled Jobs' home on July 17, making off with multiple iPads, iPods, Macs, jewelry and Jobs' wallet. McFarlin allegedly gained access to Jobs' home, which was under construction, with a spare key he found on the property.
The iPad that Kahn received was returned to Jobs' family, as was a second iPad that McFarlin reportedly gave to his daughter.
Jobs died in October 2011 of pancreatic cancer.
Kahn, who had the iPad for a few days before it was returned to its rightful owner, told the paper that he used the device to play music while entertaining children and tourists.
"I was basically using it like an iPod," Kahn said.
As for his generous but allegedly sticky-fingered pal, Kahn told the paper that McFarlin "isn't any type of menace," but rather "a nice guy who made a horrible, horrible decision."
On the plus side, he definitely took the Apple mantra of "Think different" to heart.