PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — A northeast Portland man is dejected after his property just outside his home was robbed.
About eight months ago, Nico Vergara started an ice cream cart on Mississippi Avenue, but at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Nico’s trailer was stolen on Northeast 65th Avenue.
He secured it with locks but that wasn’t enough to arrest the suspects.
“I went out in the morning and the whole caravan was gone. On the floor you can see that the concrete is all scratched up. It’s probably that they couldn’t remove the wheel lock. They drag the cargo trailer. They managed to lock the ball,” Vergara said.
Three people wearing masks took the trailer in less than five minutes, managing to break the front lock. Surveillance video shows the getaway car without plates.
The ice cream he sells is not your typical service. It’s New Zealand style with ice cream and fresh fruit from the Willamette Valley, but it wasn’t easy. Nick traveled to Idaho to retrieve his trailer which cost him $5,000, money which is now a total loss.
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“I would just ask people to think a little more. This thing maybe they resell it maybe they do anything. But it’s people’s livelihood at the end of the day,” says Vergara. “Nico is all I do, it’s my livelihood. I’m not the only one in it. It hurts people and it affects people.
But it’s more than a business for Nico. It’s a way to share the sweetness of summer.
“I try to be as optimistic as possible. Nico’s Ice Cream has an amazing community and people around it. I know that one way or another I will get there.
Nico is raising money to get a new trailer and if you feel like spreading the joy he has a GoFundMe account.