Kale Williams:

San Francisco saw a recent epidemic of Zipcar thefts, with 76 of the short-term rental vehicles vanishing in a six-week span, authorities said.

The police and the company were confounded. But then an alleged serial car thief was busted, and the crime wave abruptly stopped.

Now city prosecutors are building a case against the woman they believe is responsible for stealing several Zipcars — and possibly a whole lot more, officials said.

Ray Charles Dipo, who goes by Nicole, was arrested April 12 and charged with stealing five Zipcars over the previous two months, said Max Szabo, a spokesman for the San Francisco district attorney’s office.

Via Bruce McLaughlin.