Uber Eats drivers are supposed to make deliveries – but one opportunistic driver extended his duties to pick-ups after allegedly stealing a $3000 bag and wallet from an apartment building.
Jiming Wang, 25, was returning to his apartment in Zetland, Sydney about 9.30 Tuesday night last week when he put a small bag containing his wallet and keys on a couch in the lobby and went to check his mail.
While his back was turned, an Uber Eats delivery driver who was leaving the building after dropping off a meal spotted the bag unattended on the couch.
An Uber Eats delivery man was caught on CCTV allegedly stealing a wallet
The alleged thief was caught on CCTV creeping closer towards the bag, checking his surroundings and then swiping it before making a quick getaway.
Mr Wang returned to the couch to find his bag missing, and after a quick search realised it had been stolen.
He told Daily Mail Australia the bag and wallet have sentimental value for him as they were gifts from family members.
‘There’s basically no chance to actually get my stuff back. The more time that goes on the less likely it is that I will get my stuff back.
‘I don’t want compensation, I just want my stuff.’
He estimated the value of the bag and wallet to be about $3000.
‘The next day I went to the building management and found the CCTV footage.
The man spotted the wallet unattended on a couch in the lobby of an apartment building
‘We found the person who ordered the Uber Eats and he’s willing to co-operate.’
Despite the willingness of the recipient of the Uber Eats order to help out, Mr Wang said they have no direct contact number for the man who is alleged to have stolen his wallet.
He said after contacting Uber he was told they don’t deal with the drivers directly, and that he would have to talk to the police.
After picking the wallet up the man made a quick getaway, and hasn’t been tracked down
He claims six days after contacting Uber he received a voice mail message from them saying they will be dealing directly with the police in regards to the alleged theft.
Mr Wang said he admits some fault for leaving his wallet unattended, but says in the three years he has been living in the apartment building he has always found other tenants to be very trustworthy.
‘It’s a really good community, I didn’t think twice about putting it there.’
Uber has been contacted for comment.
The man who lost the bag and wallet (not pictured) estimated it’s worth to be about $3000