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UPDATED: Popular Sacramento Ice Cream Company’s Unique Vending Bicycle Recovered

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A unique Sacramento small businesswoman’s prized possession — a popsicle stand on wheels — has been recovered after it was stolen Saturday.

“It’s a huge setback for me,” said owner Rachel Sprinkle-Strong.

She fears her days of selling homemade ice cream out of her Popcycle Bicycle are over after a cold-hearted crime.

“This is my livelihood. It’s something that I created and developed, and have worked on for almost two years,” said Sprinkle-Strong.

She started her business two years ago after she was laid off from her corporate job. Early Saturday morning, a thief stole the bike from her midtown home.

“It’s very special to me,” said Sprinkle-Strong. “My most expensive investment was that bike into my business.”

She believes the thief went in through a side gate while both she and her neighbors down below were home.

“There’s a cable there that was cut and they then took it out this back gate,” said Sprinkle-Strong. “We have a padlock on this gate and the padlock is gone as well.”

The cargo bike is unique, custom built by a man in Portland, and cost a couple thousand dollars. Sprinkle-Strong is baffled as to why someone would want to steal it.

“We had it locked up in a place where people just can’t see it passing by on the street…makes me feel like someone knew it was here,” she said.

Sprinkle-Strong is well known around town, peddling around on her Popcycle selling ice cream at parties, weddings and other events.

People who follow Popcycle Creamery on social media are upset as well.

“The fact it has my logo on three sides of it, and it does have a serial number on it, and it’s a bright neon green, it’s very recognizable,” said Sprinkle-Strong.

If it’s not found, her business will be in trouble. She’s small business owner selling sweat treats who is left with a souring experience.

“I just want my bike back,” said Sprinkle-Strong.

She filed a police report and is hoping surveillance cameras in her neighborhood could give officers some good clues to who the culprit may be.

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