Kariem McFarlin gave his buddy “Kenny the Clown” a silver 64GB iPad with which he immediately started using in his act. Unaware of what he actually had in his possession, Kenny the Clown was actually using Steve Jobs’ personal iPad that was stolen from Jobs’ mansion on July 17th.
According to MercuryNews.com, Kenny the Clown, whose real name is Kenneth Kahn, loaded the stolen iPad with songs from iTunes, such as “The Pink Panther” theme song and Michael Jackson, that he would use to entertain Bay Area kids and tourists during his performances.
“I was basically using it as an ipod,” states Kenneth.
Kenneth had no idea that he was holding onto the late Apple CEO’s personal iPad until McFarlin was charged with breaking into Jobs’ Palo Alto home. The police showed up three or four days after he started using the device to take it away. Having Steve Jobs’ personal iPad in his possession for a short period of time dumbfounded Kenny the Clown.
“It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house,” said the 47-year-old professional clown, “It’s bizarre; it’s really bizarre.”
Newser reports that Kennith used to coach McFarlin’s high school basketball team more than a decade ago. Remaining close since then, Kahn had no suspicion in taking the iPad from McFarlin.
“He’s a nice guy who made a horrible, horrible decision,” Kahn said. “I wish I could ask him: ‘What were you thinking?'”
“Before the public sees him as this horrible monster, I’d like to hopefully think we can somehow get across that he just made the worst mistake of his life,” Kahn added.
McFarlin remained in jail on Thursday in leu of a $500,000 bail and is due in court on Monday where he will be represented by a recently hired private attorney.
Apple and the Jobs family have yet to comment.