updated - May 18, 2013 Saturday EDT
An iPad stolen from the home of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs wound up in the hands of a professional clown, Kenny the Clown, who says he had no idea it was pilfered from Jobs'.
Kenneth Kahn, also known as Kenny the Clown, says he unwittingly received the stolen tablet from a friend who was later arrested for breaking into the Jobs residence in Palo Alto, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday.
"It would be like getting a football from Joe Montana that was stolen out of his house," Kahn said. "If this thing weren't so tragic, it would be comical."
The 47-year-old clown downloaded music from iTunes, including the "Pink Panther" theme song and Michael Jackson songs, to play for Bay Area kids and tourists, he said.
The report say 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin stole iPods, Macs, jewelry and Jobs' wallet. He is due in court Monday and has recently hired a lawyer.
The professional entertainer said he never examined the device's contents. Instead he downloaded the "Pink Panther" and other songs to play while entertaining kids and tourists during his clown routine.
Kahn said had no idea where the 64GB iPad came from until his friend, 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin of Alameda, was arrested Aug. 2.
Kahn told the newspaper he thought he had just gotten an old device McFarlin wanted to get rid of, assuming his friend had purchased a newer-version iPad.
"I didn't notice anything special or anything like that," said Kahn, adding he had the iPad for three or four days before police asked for it back. "It was silver; it looked normal. I was basically using it like an iPod."
Kahn, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of his hometown of Alameda in 2006 and 2010 and for San Francisco mayor in 2007, said he met McFarlin when he coached him on the Encinal High School basketball team in Alameda more than 10 years ago, the Mercury-News said.
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