An Uber driver was caught on camera attempting to break into a customer’s home after dropping them off at an airport.
According to The Epoch Times, 38-year-old Jackie Gordon Wilson was working for Uber when he returned back to the home he picked a recent customer up at.
Knowing where the owner of the home was, San Mateo Police Department officials said Wilson attempted to break into the house and was caught on camera doing so.
Wilson eventually got spooked by the home’s alarm and ran to a nearby residence instead.
A spokesperson for the San Mateo Police said in a statement:
“The Rand Street Ring security camera showed Wilson attempting to burglarize the very home of his rider’s an hour after dropping them off at the airport. […]
His attempt to burglarize the Rand Street home was thwarted after an alarm sounded.”
As KCRA reports, after being thwarted by the alarm and going to another home nearby, Wilson reportedly “completely ransacked, and multiple items were found to be stolen.”
The home that was burglarized also had a Ring Security camera installed.
Upon arresting Wilson, officers said he was wearing the same clothes he was seen wearing on the security cameras. They were also able to recover the items that were stolen.
Wilson was charged with burglary and attempted burglary.
San Mateo Police officials also encouraged homeowners to arm their homes with video surveillance systems:
“This case proves the benefit of a home security system particularly with video. Law enforcement is solving more crimes thanks to surveillance cameras and license plate reader systems.”
They also asked ride-share users to be mindful of using the service, especially when going to the airport to catch a flight. They also asked that people using ride-share to “double-check” the cars “make, model, license plate, and color” to ensure that it matches with the information on the app.
And they say to always ask the driver “who are you here for?” before getting into the vehicle.
Wilson has since been fired from Uber, according to a statement issued by the company:
“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.”
According to KTLA, another ride-share company called Lyft is looking into whether or not Wilson works for them as well.