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  • An American Uber driver dropped a passenger at a California airport and then tried to burgle the person's home, US police say.
  • He was caught on camera.
  • The suspect is accused of going on to break into another home in the area.

An American Uber driver was caught on camera attempting to enter a passenger's house after he dropped the person off at an airport, the police say.

The San Mateo Police Department, in California near San Francisco, on Monday announced it had arrested an Uber driver identified as Jackie Gordon Wilson and charged him with first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree burglary on Friday.

The police said Wilson, 38, dropped a passenger off at an airport and then an hour later was caught on camera by the same passenger's Ring security system. Officers said he was thwarted when an alarm system went off.

He is accused of then going on to burgle another home in the area, which the police described as "completely ransacked" with multiple items stolen. This home also had a Ring system, and the owner uploaded footage of the suspect to the Ring platform, where other users identified him as an Uber driver.

Business Insider contacted Uber for comment.

"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," Uber said in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The San Mateo Police Department emphasised the value of home-security systems like Ring, which is owned by Amazon. "Law enforcement is solving more crimes thanks to surveillance cameras and license plate reader systems," the police said.

Fibre-to-the-home company Vumatel plans to deploy a large number of CCTV cameras across Johannesburg, but the plan has been met with mixed feelings, and concerns around privacy. 

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