Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Woman charged in Zipcar thefts


Nicole Dipo. Photo: Courtesy ABC7
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A San Francisco woman is facing seven felony charges that she stole Zipcars in recent months.

In court, Nicole Dipo, 28, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, but she recently told ABC channel 7 that she did steal seven of the short-term rental cars because it gave her "a high."

As reported in other media outlets, Dipo's arrest in mid-April appears to have led to a sharp drop in Zipcar thefts.

Max Szabo, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said that between March 1 and mid-April, 76 Zipcars were stolen in the city, while between April 12 and May 15, only three were stolen.

It's not clear whether Dipo identifies as transgender, but court records say she's also known as Ray Charles Dipo and Regina Dipo.

Ruth Edelstein, Dipo's attorney, didn't respond to interview requests Tuesday afternoon, June 2.

Dipo's next court date is Thursday, June 4 for a prehearing conference. She's in custody on $225,000 bail.

Szabo said Dipo was initially arrested April 12, and she was charged April 16 with stealing five Zipcars. According to court records, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman released her on her own recognizance at her arraignment April 17.

The next day, Szabo said, California Highway Patrol personnel saw her getting into another Zipcar. She was arrested and subsequently charged with the theft of that car, along with an additional Zipcar.

On top of the seven Zipcar thefts, Dipo's also charged with two felony counts of receiving stolen Zipcars, and a felony count of buying or receiving stolen vehicle tracking devices and other items.

Additionally, she's been charged with five misdemeanor counts that include possession of burglary tools, receiving or buying stolen credit cards and IDs, and driving on a suspended license.

Dipo's pleaded not guilty to all counts.

In court documents filed on her behalf in May, attorney Josh Davis said she has "no violent history."

Court records show that in January 2010, Dipo was convicted of vehicle theft in San Francisco. Documents also indicate that around 2009 she was convicted of attempted auto theft.

A statement emailed by Zipcar spokeswoman Jennifer Mathews said, "As a matter of policy, Zipcar does not comment on investigations that are ongoing."

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