The driver was unsuccessful as the house's security alarm scared him off.
When you use apps such as Uber and Lyft, you expect that the companies would have run a background check on the drives they employ. After all, you are sending them private details like your home address and phone numbers. Then what do you do when a driver violates them? In April last year, an Uber driver picked up his passengers and dropped them at the airport. Instead of continuing with his next trip, he chose to return to the same house where he had arrived for a pick-up and tried to break in. The incident occurred in San Mateo, California, reports CNN.
Thankfully, the house did not belong to them as they were just two travelers who had rented out an Airbnb. Footage from a doorbell camera showed the Uber driver approaching the house. The security system in the house, however, saved the property from being robbed as the alarm bells scared off the man according to the police. But it seems the man was determined not to go back empty-handed, so he proceeded to break into another neighboring house some distance away. He was caught on camera there, too. Police reports say that the house was completely ransacked and a number of items were stolen.
Scott, who lives in the house with his girlfriend, Chana, told ABC 7 News, "(He'd) torn apart the whole house, tossed everything. Every piece of furniture moved. He opened my safe." Talking about some of the items that the robber took with him, Chana said, "There are heirlooms that belong to my grandmother, that go back all the way to the Holocaust. For him that was just something to pawn off. To me that was the memory of my grandmother," while adding that the man had spent a considerable amount of time going through various stuff in the house.
CNN reports that Scott posted the footage online. This was then seen by the Airbnb owner, whose house the Uber driver, tried to rob first. He got in touch with former tenants and showed Scott's footage to them. They immediately recognized him as the driver who had taken them to the airport. Police used this piece of vital information and traced it to a house in Rancho Cardova near Sacramento where 39-year-old Jackie Gordon Wilson was staying. Cops discovered some of the items that were stolen from Scott's house at the driver's house and stated that he was still wearing the same clothes when he went about his robbery.
Wilson was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary, and resisting arrest. Following the incident, Wilson's Uber access was also removed by the company. Andrew Hasbun, Uber communications manager said, "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." CNN reports that between September 2016 and February 2018 in Los Angeles as many as nine people were sexually assaulted by "fake Uber drivers", according to a lawsuit.
Three individuals brought the lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court. They claimed that they were raped by individuals who posed as Uber drivers to pick up passengers. As a measure to prevent such cases, Uber said it was launching a "Check Your Ride" passenger awareness campaign on social media. The company said in a statement that they were working with the public and with police authorities on how to avoid fake rideshare drivers for several years.