Airbnb Renter Allegedly Steals $35K in Valuables From Host’s Home

The last thing homeowners want to see is someone rummaging through their belongi

ByABC News
August 04, 2015, 1:21 PM

— -- San Francisco police say a woman was allegedly caught on tape stealing more than $35,000 in valuables from a home that she had rented through the website Airbnb.

Police released a home security video that they say shows Jana Dominquez, 27, breaking into a locked closet, snooping around and going through files and other belongings.

"The victim provided SFPD a copy of the video surveillance to her apartment which clearly shows the suspect entering the locked upstairs apartment, and a commercial establishment located directly below the residence," the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement. "Due to the quality of the video, investigators were able to identify the suspect."

The date stamp on the video indicates the incident took place in late April, according to police.

The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, told police that she asked the renter to stay out of the locked closet and office where she stored valuables.

After issuing a "Wanted" statement on Sunday for Dominquez, police said they discovered the suspect was already in police custody in another area on an unrelated charge. Dominquez has an active felony warrant for 2nd degree burglary and falsely impersonating another person, according to authorities.

In a statement to ABC News, Airbnb said they are providing support to both law enforcement and the homeowner.

"Over 45 million hosts and guests have had positive experiences on Airbnb and situations like this are incredibly rare," the statement read. "When they do happen, we work quickly to make things right. Our Trust and Safety team has been in close contact with this host to provide her with our full support. We have zero tolerance for this sort of behavior in our community, and this guest has been permanently removed from Airbnb. We have been in contact with law enforcement to offer our assistance in their investigation."

The unidentified San Francisco homeowner is not the first to say they have run into trouble after renting through Airbnb, the short-term rental service.

Earlier this year, a Canadian couple claims renters threw a large party and trashed their home, causing at least $50,000 in damage.

Airbnb covers its hosts for up to $1 million in property damage.

Security experts say homeowners should protect themselves by installing cameras and by removing valuables before turning their homes over to renters.

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