Meaningful dinosaur in Freeburg goes missing

3 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, November 19 2014 Nov 19, 2014 Wednesday, November 19, 2014 6:54:00 PM CST November 19, 2014 in News
By: Genevieve Reaume, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

FREEBURG -  Snow covers the buildings of a small mid-Missouri town, but one building lacks the shelter it once had.

Roy Plassmeyer is the owner of a business in this small town that distributes oil.  It has been around for decades, and so has he, "In these small towns, everybody knows everybody," Plassmeyer said.

But now, something special to him, and the town, is gone.

Freeburg is a small town in Osage County. It is home to just over 400 people and is less than one-square mile.

Plassmeyer started in the Dickneite family oil business when he married the boss's daughter in 1960. He spent a year in St. Louis after saying his vows, but quickly moved back and settled into this welcoming community he has called home for over 50 years, "It's just a nice place to be," Plassmeyer said.

So, when something goes missing in a town as tiny as this, it doesn't take long for the word to get out.

"We just call him Dino, Dino, d-i-n-o," Plassmeyer said.

Dino is the town's five-foot, 10-inch tall, 12-foot long fiberglass friend. He is also the well-known symbol of Sinclair Oil. He's sat atop the shop for the past decade. But one night Dino disappeared.

Plassmeyer said it requires at least three people to carry the dinosaur, and they would have to use a ladder to get to the top of the roof where Dino sat. He hinted that is is no easy task.

But what he initially thought was a silly Halloween prank turned out to be the exact opposite. Leaving young members of the community upset.

"Have the found Dino yet?" Abbigail Moore, a seven-year-old, eagerly asks. But sadly, they have not found Dino, and it left Abbigial in tears, "I was wigged out, because he was my best dinosaur friend ever," Abbigail said. She continued on to explain just how horrible this crime was, "That's not, that's like breaking the rules", she proudly stated.

Plassmeyer reported the theft and Osage County has a deputy on the case.

He hopes Dino will be found, but if not, he has a message for anyone else thinking about stealing Dino, "When the old one comes back or the new one goes up, they'll be surveillance. I guarantee you," Plassmeyer concluded.

If Dino doesn't show up soon, Plassmeyer plans to put down another $3,500 to buy another Dino for the town.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City-area woman has been charged with letting men rape her 2-year-old daughter. Twenty-five-year-old... More >>
4 minutes ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:12:46 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man following an investigation into alleged sexual abuse, and charges were filed in the... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:05:32 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Different sides reacted Wednesday to the Missouri Supreme Court's ruling in favor of a wind energy project.... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:37:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Democratic Party filed an appeal to the ruling from a Cole County judge dismissing a... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:59:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
FULTON - In the span of one month, law enforcement responded to nine car crashes on Route F between Boone... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who caused the crash which left a Harrisburg teacher dead pleaded guilty Wednesday. Brandon Brill,... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:34:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:50:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The 12 members of a youth soccer team and their coach who spent more than two weeks trapped... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:24:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri program aimed at connecting stroke, heart attack and trauma patients with the best care... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:17:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel says it bears no liability in last year's Las Vegas concert... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:32:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 61-year-old southwest Missouri woman has been sentenced to life in prison for an ambush-style shooting of... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:08:59 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - An arrest for suspicion of filing a false report has been made in connection to a reported robbery... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:44:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - After four days of searching, Jerry Kinman has been found dead near Little Dixie Lake. Kinman,... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:19:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
STURGEON - The carnival rides at the Boone County Fair closed unexpectedly just hours after the fair opened because they... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:00:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A democratic candidate for Missouri's fourth congressional district criticized the Republican incumbent Tuesday for her lack of action... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:46:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce harshly criticized the city council at Monday night's meeting regarding projects being put... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:41:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hy-Vee recalled its Spring Pasta Salad from 244 stores on Tuesday. Company officials said 20 illnesses by... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:54:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
MEXICO - Josh Hawley faced questions about President Donald Trump's summit with Russia as well as tariffs facing Missouri farmers... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:31:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
6pm 84°
7pm 84°
8pm 81°
9pm 78°