Kids caught, counseled in cruel cap caper

Dino the Sinclair Oil dinosaur, wary since his winterwear was depoiled in late January, is on hiatus during the construction work at the Perry Oil Co.

A cold-blooded case of cruelty to dinosaurs came to light in Perry last week, when someone stole Dino’s clothes.

The case first came to the attention of authorities when a caller to the Perry Police Department reported about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 that “some kids were trying to steal the hat and scarf off the dinosaur at the Sinclair station” at 1223 Willis Ave.

The caller said “he has video of the incident,” and he “wants the items back and the children spoken to.”

An officer of the Perry Police Department responded and started an investigation. Meanwhile, dissed and despoiled, Dino stood naked and alone through the freezing drizzle and accumulated snowfall in downtown Perry.

“These monkeys are as shrewish as they were 100 million years ago,” the longsuffering dinosaur seemed to say with chilly hauteur.

A break in the cold case came about 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, when a woman called with information about the “dinosaur incident.”

An officer responded, and the woman “turned in the hat and scarf that were taken from the Sinclair station” and “said she was going to bring her children in to speak with the officer handling the case.”

The woman entered the offices of the Perry Police Department at 908 Willis Ave. Saturday morning with her pint-sized plunderers, who learned a lesson about respect for private property and about kindness toward dinosaurs.

His winterwear restored, Dino resumed his station at the portal to Perry’s historic and cultural district.

“May all non-extinct species stay equally warm during this week’s cold spell,” he seemed to say.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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