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Uber driver accused of burglary after airport drop-off

An Uber driver has been arrested after he allegedly tried to break into the home of a customer within an hour of dropping them off at the airport.

Jackie Gordon Wilson was seen returning to the house in San Mateo, California, not long after he had given the owner a lift to San Francisco Airport last Thursday.

The 38-year-old was seen loitering outside in footage recorded by a Ring security system, apparently weighing up how he might be able to get inside.

Image: Uber has removed the driver's access to the app

He left the area upon hearing an alarm, but is said to have instead targeted a different property just a few blocks away and stolen multiple items.

The burglary victims, known as Scott and Chana, who were staying at an Airbnb at the time, told San Francisco news station KGO-TV that the whole house had been "torn apart".

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Among the belongings stolen were family heirlooms dating back to the Second World War, and the safe had also been opened and looted.

Police were able to make the arrest after the footage of Wilson was uploaded to the Neighbours phone app, designed to allow Ring users to help each other to keep their communities safe.

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He was identified as an Uber driver by the owner of the Airbnb the couple had stayed at, having allegedly been seen on his own Ring system trying to break in there earlier in the day.

Wilson was later identified by name, allowing officers to arrest him at his home in Rancho Cordoza, an almost two-hour drive away, after using details from the Uber app to track him down.

He has since been charged with burglary and attempted burglary, and police are helping the couple to recover the items not found at the property, which are believed to have been sold to pawn shops.

Uber said in a statement: "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."

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