San Mateo Police Department identified and arrested an Uber driver when residential security cameras captured him burglaring a home shortly after finishing a ride to the airport with his alleged victims on board.
Last week on Friday evening, San Mateo Police Department detectives arrested Jackie Gordon Wilson in the Sacramento area for a burglary he committed in San Mateo the previous day while driving for the rideshare company, Uber. A community surveillance sharing platform revealed the same suspect attempted to steal from another home of his rider an hour after dropping them off at the airport. A round-the-clock investigation led detectives to the suspect’s home in Rancho Cordova, a suburb of Sacramento. He was taken into custody and a search warrant was served at his residence.
San Mateo Police Department officers first responded to the 1700 block of Nash Drive on report of burglary where a home was completely ransacked, and multiple items were found to be stolen. The homeowner had Ring video surveillance of the suspect breaking into their home and shared it on Ring’s community sharing platform. The homeowner quickly learned from platform users that the suspect was an Uber driver and just dropped off nearby Rand Street residents at the airport. The Rand Street Ring security camera showed Wilson attempting to burgle the very home of his riders an hour after dropping them off at the airport. His attempt to burgle the Rand Street home was thwarted after an alarm sounded and then he was later seen burgling the Nash Drive home. Nash Drive and Rand Street are in the same neighborhood and only a few blocks apart.
The investigation into the burglary continued into the night, leading San Mateo Police detectives to a home in Rancho Cordova. With the assistance of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson was arrested by San Mateo Police and a search warrant was served at his residence. At the time of his arrest, Wilson was wearing the same clothing he had on while lurking around the quiet San Mateo neighborhood the day before. Detectives also recovered some items stolen from the Nash Drive residence.
A police spokesperson said: “This case proves the benefit of a home security system particularly with video. Law enforcement is solving more crimes thanks to surveillance cameras and license plate reader systems. It is thanks to our partnerships with active neighborhood watch groups, social media platforms, and surveillance technologies, the San Mateo Police Department can identify criminals and make San Mateo an unfriendly place for thieves. Our officers regularly canvass for surveillance and you can help us by registering your cameras,”