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Thieves steal old Dairy Queen sign on day new restaurant opens

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By John Whitlock

As a new restaurant in Owenton opens its doors, police are investigating the theft of one of the remnants of the former Dairy Queen in Owenton
According to Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn, sometime on the evening of June 10, someone stole the heavy Dairy Queen sign that used to sit atop a pole near the highway from a grassy spot outside of the new Casa Mexican Restaurant that moved into the location.
“It’s a pretty heavy sign,” Alcorn said. “It probably weighs three or four hundred pounds. It would have taken three or four guys and a trailer to haul it away.”
Although there is a collectable market for business signs,  Alcon believes the sign was taken to be sold for scrap.
“There is a lot of aluminum in these signs and that’s probably why they took it,” Alcorn said. “They saw something of value and just took it.”
Since the theft was reported, Alcon has been in touch with area recyclers and asked them to be on the lookout for the sign.
“Here is a new business in Owen County, good guys, good family and the first day they are open, something like this happens,” Alcorn said. “Not exactly the kind of ‘welcome to Owen County’ we wanted to give them. We don’t want them to think this is what you get when you move to Owen County.”
Alcorn is asking any witnesses to the crime or anyone may have information related to the theft to call the Owenton Police Department tip line at 514-7082.
“They probably needed a trailer to haul the sign off and there are no camera down that way, so we are hoping someone may have seen something,” Alcorn said.