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Uber Driver Accused Of Trying To Break Into Passengers' Home

Matt Bigler
April 09, 2019 - 10:04 am

Uber Driver Arrested For Breaking Into Passengers' Home
San Mateo Police
SAN MATEO — An Uber driver has been arrested for trying to burglarize the home of passengers he'd dropped off at San Francisco International Airport last week, according to police. 

San Mateo Police say 38-year-old Jackie Gordon Wilson picked up a couple at their home on the 600 block of Rand Street and dropped them off at SFO, then returned to their home an hour later and attempted to break in, but was deterred by a security alarm. Wilson then allegedly broke into a home nearby on the 1700 block of Nash Drive.

The alleged victims found their home ransacked with multiple items stolen. After reporting the burglary to police, they uploaded surveillance footage from their Ring home surveillance system onto the service’s community platform where other users identified the suspect as an Uber driver and connected him to the attempted break-in on Rand Street.

San Mateo police identified the suspect and arrested him Friday at a home in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento. Officer Michael Haobsh says they were able to recover some of the stolen property at Wilson’s home, but tells KPIX-5, “We did find additional evidence and some property that led us to believe that there may be additional victims out there.”

Wilson was booked into San Mateo County Jail on charges of first degree burglary, attempted burglary and resisting arrest.

Wilson's passengers did not want to be identified but told KPIX-5 the experience has left them wary, “Thinking twice about taking ride shares after this," said one rider. "This is a big deal… he used this to facilitate a crime.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Uber said Wilson no longer works for 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.”

San Mateo Police encouraged riders to exercise caution when using Uber and Lyft and issued the following tips:

  • Be mindful where you are picked up and dropped off. For example, if you use one of the ride-hailing apps to get to the airport, the driver will know you won’t be home for several days.
  • Double-check your ride share app to ensure the license plate, make, model and color of the car is the actual car assigned to you by the app.  
  • Take a picture of the license plate and vehicle. 
  • Do not get into a car or give your name to the driver until you ask, “who are you here for?” If the driver can’t identify your name, do not get in.  
  • Share your trip details with friends or family. According to Uber, you’re able to tap “Share status” in the mobile app and share your driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member. Lyft users can tap the “Send ETA” icon on the bottom bar, which will send a text message to family or friends with a link to your current route and location. 
  • Trust your instincts! If you are uncomfortable with the driver’s behavior or comments or you sense something is not right, don’t get in the car. If you are already in the car, ask to be dropped off and call 911.   

Reported by Matt Bigler. Written by Jessica Yi.

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