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EcoCab stolen, owner reports

Rickshaw-style tricycle is valued at $6,000
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Marco Alvarez is starting up a human-powered business as gas reaches $4.15 in downtown Ashland. pennell photoBob Pennell
 Posted: 2:00 AM April 14, 2010

Ashland EcoCab owner Marco Alvarez is asking for help from anyone who might know something about the theft of his livelihood.

Alvarez' $6,000 rickshaw-style tricycle was taken Tuesday while it was locked and parked outside the KSKQ radio studio on Hersey Street.

"That's the only thing I was doing to make money," Alvarez said. "There's just no way to get another one."

Alvarez rode his tricycle to a meeting at KSKQ Monday night. He got a ride home in a car from the meeting, and when he came back to pick up the tricycle the next morning, it was gone.

He talked to one person at the parking lot where the theft occurred who said the EcoCab had been seen earlier that morning, but didn't see anyone take it.

The front wheel had been chained to the frame, but the entire vehicle had not been locked up to a bike rack or other structure.

"You could move it, but you couldn't roll it," Alvarez said.

Alvarez bought the tricycle three years ago and has been driving people around the city for the past two years for his business.

The tricycle is green with red wheels in the back and a black wheel in the front. It seats three people in the passenger seat in the rear. It is a Main Street brand bike with the EcoCab logo on it. There are also advertising signs on the bike for Lava Lanes, but Alvarez said they easily could have been removed.

Alvarez said he reported the theft to the Ashland Police Department Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information about the stolen bike can contact the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

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