Officer Matt Friedman of the San Francisco Police Department's Anti-Bike Theft Unit said Shawn Sixta, 37, was in possession of stolen property and tools commonly used to steal bikes at the time of his arrest.
"One of the tools was a modified car jack" Friedman said. "You can shave down parts of it to fit inside a U-Lock and then you crank up the jack and it explodes the lock in less than a minute."
Friedman said Sixta has long criminal record including more than six arrests for bicycle theft.
"He's a criminal of opportunity" Friedman said. "Whatever he sees that he can take he does and he's very good at stealing bikes." Friedman said University of California police, who are investigating campus bike thefts and who were aware of Sixta, made the arrest.
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