California police arrested an Uber driver who allegedly attempted to burglarize the Airbnb of passengers he’d just dropped off at the airport.
An hour after Jackie Gordon Wilson dropped his passengers off, doorbell surveillance cameras captured him returning to the home and attempting to break in Thursday, according to the San Mateo Police Department. After being thwarted by an alarm system, police said Wilson was caught on camera breaking into another home in the same neighborhood.
That house was ransacked and multiple items were missing, police said. Among the valuables stolen were heirlooms that relatives had saved from the Holocaust, according to one of the homeowners identified by KGO-TV only as Chana.
“For him that was just something to pawn off,” she told the station. “To me that was the memory of my grandmother.”
The homeowners posted video of the break-in online and the owner of the Airbnb contacted his guests who identified the suspect as their Uber driver, according to KGO-TV.
“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,” Andrew Hasbun, Uber communications manager, said in a statement.
Wilson was arrested the next day wearing the same clothes seen in the videos, and police managed to recover some of the stolen property. He was booked at the San Mateo County Jail for the burglary and attempted burglary.
“This case proves the benefit of a home security system particularly with video,” police said in a statement. “Law enforcement is solving more crimes thanks to surveillance cameras and license plate reader systems.”
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