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    Rachel Sprinkle-Strong of POPcycle Creamery

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    Police found this specialty bike in an alley in Del Paso Heights after it was stolen from the owner’s midtown garage.

Pinched POPcycle bike hot no longer; police recover bike in alley

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Rachel Sprinkle-Strong is no longer in shock, no longer without a bike and thanks to a flood of public support, has no doubts there are plenty of good people in this world.

But that does not include the thief who broke into her midtown garage — and broke three locks to get at her specially made ice cream bike — and made off with the $2,000 eye-catching rig early Saturday.

A neighbor’s security camera caught a portion of the heist. It’s a good bet the thief was not a member of Mensa. This is an unusual bike with a highly specific purpose — and it has the company’s logo emblazened on the sides of the large ice chest.

“I was upset. I kept thinking, ‘Did someone target this?’” Sprinkle-Strong told me upon learning her bike was gone. “I was shocked.”

Then Channel 13 news did a story. Many mobilized support once folks learned via social media that the bike was gone and the owner was without the centerpiece of her livelihood.

Alert police officers, aware of the bike from the TV report, recovered it Sunday afternoon in an alley in Del Paso Heights. The only things missing were the metal pedals, a cup holder and the headlight.

Before that, movements were already afoot via social media to help Sprinkle-Strong get a new bike.

“It was wonderful,” she said of the support. “This negative experience was completely offset by the outpouring of support I received from this.”

Anyone who has had a bike stolen (myself included) knows how she felt. We’re thrilled this story has a happy ending.

For more on her business, which sells handcrafted ice cream in many flavors, visit her website here.

Call The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson, (916) 321-1099. Follow him on Twitter @Blarob.

About Appetizers

Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Twitter: @chris_macias

Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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(916) 321-1128
Twitter: @apierleonisacbe

Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

Read his restaurant reviews here
(916) 321-1099
Twitter: @Blarob

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