A cautionary tale is going viral this week about an Uber driver who did the unthinkable to his passengers.
An Uber driver in San Mateo, California picked up passengers and took them to the airport last Thursday. As soon as he dropped off his passengers, the Uber driver returned to the house and attempted to break into it. Security footage shows him approaching the front door, but he ended up being chased away when the alarm went off. Police say that the driver then robbed a house down the street.
“(He’d) torn apart the whole house, tossed everything. Every piece of furniture moved. He opened my safe,” said Scott, the owner of the house who only wanted to be identified by his first name.
Scott’s girlfriend Chana, who also lives in the home, added that the driver spent four hours completely ransacking the house taking tons of valuables, including heirlooms her grandmother had saved during the Holocaust.
Police have since arrested the driver, who was identified as 38 year-old Jackie Gordon Wilson. He has since been charged with first degree burglary, attempted first degree burglary, and resisting arrest.
“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,” said Andrew Hasbun, Uber communications manager.
This comes one month after University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was murdered after she got in a car that she mistakenly thought was her Uber ride. Uber released a statement afterwards saying that it is devastated by this “unspeakable crime,” and that it’s working with the university to “raise awareness on college campuses nationwide about this incredibly important issue.”
Uber added that it has been “working with local law enforcement, including the LAPD, to educate the public about how to avoid fake rideshare drivers for several years. In 2017, we launched a national campaign to remind riders to make sure they get in the right car by checking the information, like the license plate and car make and model, shown in the app. These important reminders have been part of our safety tips, and our law enforcement team regularly discusses this issue with agencies across the country.”