Uber riders on high alert after alleged Uber burglary

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- A local Uber driver was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing a customer’s things.

"You want to be able to trust them and knowing that this happened, that's unacceptable and there's no reason for it," William Overton, an Uber user, said.

According to an arrest affidavit we got from the Grand Junction Police Department the victim, a Grand Junction woman, took an Uber home from downtown Grand Junction at around 1:30 a.m. Monday. She tells police she was sober. When she got home, she put her phone and Apple watch on their chargers, watched T.V. for a while and went to bed.

She told police when she woke up that phone, watch, some of her debit cards and cash were all gone.

The man police arrested Monday in relation to the crime is 31-year-old Chukwuma Okeke. In that arrest affidavit, it shows that Okeke admitted he took some of her debit cards during their drive but claims he didn't enter the woman's home or take the other items.

The ordeal has people who use ride services frequently on high alert.

"It's concerning because it's really easy to become an Uber driver,” Overton said. "I think there should maybe be more restrictions on how one can become an Uber driver."

Andrew Hasbun, a representative from Uber, tells us all of their drivers must pass a criminal and motor vehicle records check. He also pointed out that they are regulated by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and adhere to the background process required by Colorado law. Okeke did not have a criminal record with the Grand Junction Police Department.

Okeke is being charged with second-degree burglary and theft among other charges.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department's report, none of the woman's property was recovered.