That’s the surprise that Kenneth Kahn, also known as Kenny the Clown, recently experienced.
Kahn used the 64 GB iPad in his clown routine, not realizing that it was one of several items stolen from Jobs’ home by Kariem McFarlin in July. Kahn assumed that McFarlin was simply selling an older iPad that he had replaced with a newer one.
After several days with the iPad, Kahn didn’t notice anything special. He purchased a song on his iTunes account just like anyone else would. The iTunes store wasn’t logged in to a special account with an unlimited balance. To Kahn, it was just another iPad.
“It still hasn’t really 100 percent set in for me. It was Steve Jobs’ iPad – literally…”
- Time Techland
“It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house,” said the 47-year-old professional clown, whose real name is Kenneth Kahn. “It’s bizarre; it’s really bizarre.” - 9to5mac
Here’s a sample of what Kenny the Clown does:
When asked about Kariem McFarlin, Kahn had this to say:
“He’s a nice guy who made a horrible, horrible decision. I wish I could ask him: ‘What were you thinking?’” - Mercury News
At the time of the robbery, McFarlin thought he was merely robbing an unoccupied home, not realizing the home was owned by Steve Jobs. McFarlin will be represented in court on Monday by a private attorney. Aside from driving without a license in 1999, he has no previous criminal record.