Repeat Zipcar thief at it again 

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An alleged repeat Zipcar thief – who is part of a wave of Zipcar thefts in San Francisco and a jump in car thefts across The City – was arrested in front of her home the day after a judge released her on her own recognizance for allegedly stealing five other Zipcars, according to court records.

Ray Charles Dipo, aka Nicole Dipo, was first arrested April 12th and then charged four days later for the theft of five of the car sharing company’s cars.

According to court records, she was then released by Judge Ethan Schulman pending her court case only to be caught by a CHP surveillance team the next day with another stolen Zipcar in front of her home.

It is unknown if Dipo was involved in the theft of any other cars from the company, but in the last few months it has suffered in a big way from car thieves.

Between March and the middle of April Zipcar has had 81 of its vehicles stolen, according to the District Attorney’s Office, whose Crime Strategy Unit worked with San Francisco Police and the CHP in identifying the suspect when she was originally arrested.

After that first arrest, a search warrant of Dipo’s home found eight devices that are used to override ignition systems, Zipcar access cards, and soldering tools officials believe are used to rewire cars.

Zipcar is not the only victim of car theft in recent months. Across The City car theft is on the rise.

Auto thefts city-wide have risen 16 percent since January, according to police statistics. Since January 2,280 cars have been reported stolen. In that same period 147 arrests for car theft have been made.

“We know that 10 percent of criminals are responsible for 90 percent of the crime,” said District Attorney George Gascon in a statement. “By focusing our resources on these major crime drivers we can make a meaningful impact and meet the challenges facing our communities.”

Dipo remains in jail on a $225,000 bond. Her next court date is June 4 at 9 a.m.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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