Acquiring the services of an Uber driver is a convenient way to handle getting to an airport on time, but you’d probably never expect to find out later that the Uber driver went back and tried to break into your home.
That’s what happened to a couple who rented a house through AirBnB when visiting San Mateo, California.
Scared Away by Alarm
Surveillance footage thankfully caught the entire ordeal, and the Uber driver ended up being chased away by the sound of the security alarm that went off when he tried to break in. This didn’t fully deter him, however!
He went just a few blocks away and broke into a different house, stealing a number of items. Scott, who lives in the house, said, “He’d torn apart the whole house. Tossed everything. Every piece of furniture moved. He opened my safe.”
The Uber driver ended up spending a full four hours going through Scott’s home, completely tearing the house apart. In the video, he is shown carrying away bags and bags of valuable items, including heirlooms saved during the Holocaust.
Scott posted the video footage online, and that is where the owner of the first house the Uber driver attempted to break into, saw and recognized the man. The other owner then showed the footage to his AirBnB guests, who identified him as their Uber driver.
Uber Driver Arrested
Thanks to the information provided by the video, police were able to track down Jackie Gordon Wilson, 38, finding some of the stolen items during the arrest. He was even wearing the same clothes he had worn in the video footage.
He was charged with resisting arrest, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree burglary.
Uber communications manager, Andrew Hasbun, made this statement to CNN, “We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of the allegations and stand ready to assist police in their investigation.”