Uber driver tried to burglarize passenger's home

Police Uber driver dropped woman off at airport then broke into her home	 	 	 			Jackie Gordon Wilson Courtesy San Mateo Police Department

Police Uber driver dropped woman off at airport then broke into her home Jackie Gordon Wilson Courtesy San Mateo Police Department

The Uber Driver-Jackie Gordon Wilson was identified after another homeowner down the street captured the burglary into his home via Ring surveillance footage.

Police in San Mateo, California arrested an Uber driver they say targeted the home of a woman he took to the airport.

The man was then caught on camera breaking into another home a few blocks away.

The home was ransacked and multiple items were believed to have been stolen.

The Uber passenger who'd been dropped off at the airport is also on the app - and quickly recognized the man as their driver, who'd been recorded by their Ring device returning to their home on the 600 block of Rand Street, according to detectives. Wilson picked up the passengers, including the homeowner, from the home Thursday and dropped them off at the airport.

That other home had a Ring camera, too, which revealed another incriminating clip - this one showing "Wilson attempting to burglarize the very home of his riders an hour after dropping them off at the airport", police said.

Jackie Gordon Wilson, 38, was arrested and charged with burglary and attempted burglary. At the time, he was wearing the same clothes seen in the video the day before, police said.

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"This case proves the benefit of a home security system, particularly with video", San Mateo police said in a statement. And while the Ring security team will probably sound off over how they helped nab a suspect, you'll notice how its lower-tech "alarm bell" counterpart at the other San Mateo house was more successful at actually preventing a burglary.

Police said a "round-the-clock investigation led detectives to the suspect's home in Rancho Cordova", where Wilson was arrested and a search warrant was executed. "Law enforcement is solving more crimes thanks to surveillance cameras and license plate reader systems".

Scott added: "I'm definitely thinking twice about taking ride-shares further after this".

San Mateo police advised those who use ride-sharing services to be cautious.

"Do not get into a vehicle or give your name to the driver until you ask, "who are you here for?"

Police also urged riders to "double-check your ride-share app to ensure the license plate, make, model, and color of the auto is the actual vehicle assigned to you by the app". But police have access to Uber drivers' location data?

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