Valuable pedicab stolen before Lunar New Year festival

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SAN DIEGO -- Authorities asked the public Tuesday for help in finding a valuable Vietnamese pedicab that was stolen last week in City Heights.

The three-wheeler, which is owned by the Little Saigon Foundation, disappeared from a residential driveway in the 3400 block of Central Avenue late Thursday or early Friday, according to San Diego police.

Whoever made off with the pedal-powered taxi -- a type of conveyance known as a cycle rickshaw or cyclo in Asia -- had to cut a lock chain to get it.

The pedicab had been shipped to the United States from Vietnam and was stored in front of the same house near Manzanita Canyon for about a year. It has a resale value of roughly $2,000 but also is a “priceless'' piece of cultural art, according to a statement from SDPD public affairs.

The cyclo, which was due to be exhibited at a Lunar New Year festival at Qualcomm Stadium last weekend, has a solid-blue body and a green canopy over the front passenger seat, which also is green.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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