Only three days after the public found out who broke into the country’s most beloved CEO’s house, we are now learning that professional entertainer “Kenny the Clown” was the unwitting recipient of one of Steve Jobs’ iPads.
According to the Mercury News, Kenneth Kahn, a 47-year-old professional clown, was given a 64 GB iPad by his friend Kariem McFarlin sometime after July 17, which he subsequently loaded with music and used during his performances.
Kahn befriended McFarlin when he coached him on the Encinal High School basketball team in Alameda. They’ve remained close ever since. When McFarlin handed over the pricey Apple tablet, Kahn claims he figured his friend had bought a new iPad and was giving away his older model. “I didn’t notice anything special or anything like that,” said Kahn. “It was silver, it looked normal. I was basically using it like an iPod.
Police showed up at Kahn’s home a few days later and took it back.
Kahn is an interesting character, to say the least. In addition to his current career of professional clown and his stint as a high school basketball coach, the performer also ran for mayor of Alameda in 2006 and 2010, and even made a play for San Francisco mayor in 2007.
The boisterous performer stands by his friend. Although he knows the crime was wrong, Kahn believes that McFarlin has just fallen on hard times. “He’s a nice guy who made a horrible, horrible decision,” said Kahn. “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.”
According to police reports, McFarlin confessed to the crime after he was arrested. He is accused of stealing iPods, iPads, Mac computers, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and Steve Jobs’ wallet. He remains in jail instead of paying the $500,000 bail.
“If this thing weren’t so tragic, it would be comical,” said Kenny the Clown.