SAN MATEO (KRON) – An Uber driver has been arrested after he was caught on camera stealing from the neighborhood of his passengers that he drove hours before, according to the San Mateo Police Department.
The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Jackie Gordon Wilson from Rancho Cordova.
On Thursday around 5:37 p.m. police responded to the 1700 block of Nash Drive after a home was found to have multiple items stolen.
Ring surveillance at the home showed a man breaking in. The residents then shared it on a Ring community sharing platform.
This is when the homeowner learned that the man was an Uber driver and had taken residents of a nearby neighborhood to the airport an hour earlier.
Authorities say those passengers live on the 600 block of Rand Street, which is only a few blocks away.
Ring footage showed Wilson attempting to steal from the home of his Rand Street passengers about an hour after he drove them to the airport, however, an alarm system went off which stopped him. He was then seen stealing from the home on Nash Drive.
Following an investigation, detectives were led to Wilson’s home in Rancho Cordova, in Sacramento County.
Wilson was then arrested on Friday night around 9 p.m. with the help of Sacramento sheriff’s. A search warrant was issued leading officers to recover stolen items from Nash Drive.
Police say Wilson was also wearing the same clothes he had on the day before.
Wilson was booked at the San Mateo County Jail for burglary and attempted burglary.
Authorities continue to investigate this incident and if you have any information, you are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Pak at (650) 504-7507.
San Mateo police remind those using rideshare apps to be mindful of where you are picked up, especially when heading to the airport, as the driver will then know you won’t be home. Also, double check that you are getting into the correct car that is assigned to pick you up.
Always trust your instincts and share your trip details with your friends or family. If you are uncomfortable with your driver, don’t get in the car or if you are already in the car, just ask to be dropped off or call 911.