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Clown entertains kids with Steve Jobs’ stolen iPad

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Kenny the Clown

Earlier this week, a thief burglarized the home of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, making off with over $60,000 in jewelry and materials. Police arrested a suspect, but not before he had gotten rid of some of the merchandise.

Now, police say, one of Jobs' old iPads was found in the hands of a clown.

Kenneth Khan, better known in the Bay Area as 'Kenny the Clown', inadvertently ended up with the tablet after the alleged thief, Kariem McFarlin, gave him the 64GB model as a gift.

"It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house," Kahn told the San Jose Mercury News. "It's bizarre; it's really bizarre."

McFarlin also allegedly gave a second iPad to his daughter. After his arrest, both devices were returned to the Jobs family, police said.

So what does a clown do with a new iPad, you might be wondering? Not playing Angry Birds or messing with iPhoto. Khan, instead, used the device to play the "Pink Panther" theme song and Michael Jackson as he entertained kids and tourists. Officials say Khan is considered a bystander in this and is not facing any legal troubles.

Khan has a curious resume. He has twice attempted to be elected mayor of Alameda and even gave it a shot once in San Francisco. Eventually, he settled into his life as a clown.

"I used to feel like clowns were creepy," he notes on his Facebook page. "I felt like I couldn't understand them. Then I found out that clowns were real cool, and just liked to have fun, and spread joy to the world!!!"

Kahn only had the device in his possession for three or four days. He said he didn't think twice when his friend offered him the iPad. He simply assumed it was an older device McFarlin was trying to get rid of an older model after he had bought a new one.

"I didn't notice anything special or anything like that," he said. "It was silver; it looked normal. I was basically using it like an iPod. … It still hasn't really 100 percent set in for me. It was Steve Jobs' iPad — literally. If this thing weren't so tragic, it would be comical."

Police say McFarlin has confessed to the burglary. He's currently in jail after failing to post a $500,000 bail.

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