Orinda police tracked an Uber driver who allegedly robbed a Walnut Creek woman of her purse and abandoned her at Orinda Fields last month – arresting the driver Friday in San Francisco.
Police have not yet released the suspect’s name. Investigators said he was off-duty when he was flagged down by the victim after she left a party in San Francisco early the morning of July 30 and agreed to drive her home to Walnut Creek. Investigators said the driver instead stopped at Orinda Fields Lane and Wilder Road in Orinda at 2:49 a.m. that morning, instructed the woman to get out of the car and drove away with her purse.
Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel said the driver was clocked out from doing Uber rides at the time of the theft. There was no money exchanged for the ride, Nagel said.
The victim told officers she lost her credit cards and driver’s license among other personal items.
Nagel credited “good work” by OPD detectives with tracking down the driver and with making the arrest.