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Airbnb Renter Suspected of Stealing $35,000 in Valuables From San Francisco Home

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    An Airbnb renter police say burglarized the San Francisco home in which she was staying is in police custody, according to a spokesperson for the online lodging website.

    The burglary was caught by a surveillance camera, and because of the video's quality, police said, investigators were able to identify the suspect as 27-year-old Jana Dominquez of Richmond. She stole more than $35,000 in merchandise from the home on 27th Avenue, authorities said.

    A spokesperson for Airbnb told NBC Bay Area on Monday afternoon Dominquez was in San Francisco police custody. Attempts to reach police for confirmation were not immediately successful.

    According to SFPD, on June 8, officers responded to the home in the city's Sunset District to investigate a theft, police said. When they arrived, they spoke with the victim, who told officers that she had recently rented out her residence through the online lodging website.

    The victim told police she had rented out her home to a customer on Apr. 27, police said. During the customer's stay, the customer had access to the entire apartment, with the exception of a closet and an office that are kept locked and inaccessible to guest, according to police.

    The victim said during that customer's stay, the customer had forced entry into the locked closet and office, and made off with over $35,000 in valuable merchandise, police said.

    Police said the victim gave them a copy of surveillance video that clearly shows the suspect entering the locked upstairs apartment. The video also shows the suspect entering a commercial establishment located directly below the residence, police said.

    Dominquez has an active felony warrant for 2nd degree burglary and falsely impersonating another person, according to police.

    Airbnb spokesperson Jakob Kerr said these kinds of incidents are “incredibly rare.”

    "When they do happen, we work quickly to make things right,” Kerr said. “Our Trust and Safety team has been in close contact with this host and we’re working to take care of her under our Host Guarantee program.”

    Bay City News contributed to this report.

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