Cops: After Airport Trip, Uber Driver Tried to Break Into Home

Man ended up ransacking another residence, police say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2019 7:10 AM CDT

Police in northern California say an Uber driver has been arrested for trying to break into the home of a passenger he had dropped off at the San Francisco airport, then burglarizing a neighbor's home. The San Mateo Police Department said Monday that officers arrested 38-year-old Jackie Gordon Wilson on Friday at his home in Rancho Cordova. Officials say surveillance video shows Wilson trying to break into his passenger's San Mateo home but giving up after an alarm sounds. Police say Wilson then went to another home a few blocks away and was caught on video breaking in there, the AP reports. Both homes had Ring surveillance systems, which records video from doorbells.

The police department says Wilson was arrested at his home, where detectives found some of the stuff stolen from the San Mateo home. Wilson faces burglary and attempted burglary charges. He was "wearing the same clothing he had on while lurking around our quiet San Mateo neighborhood the day before," police said. The homeowners who were burglarized say Wilson spent four hours ransacking their home. They say Uber should do more to screen drivers and they will think twice about using ride-sharing services in future. "He had openly posted that in 2017, he had been out of jail for six months for robbery," the woman, who looked at the suspect's social media accounts, tells KGO. "I was shocked."

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