The Norman Transcript

August 17, 2010

Norman landmark gets decapitated

By Shana Adkisson
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The green fiberglass dinosaur at the Sinclair gas station on Main Street has lost its head.

No, it’s not because of the heat or high prices of gasoline. He really lost his head.

Jerry Masters, owner of Masters Oil Company, put the iconic Sinclair dinosaur out front of the gas station at 2132 W. Main St. five years ago. On Friday morning, when Masters came to work, he realized the Norman landmark, Dino, was headless.

“We are sure it was a prank. We were hoping they would bring it back,” Masters said. “If we had the head back, we could have a body shop reinstall it.”

Dino is the only Sinclair dinosaur in Norman. Masters thought there was another one in Ardmore.

The Dino has been a big hit with children, Masters said. Many of them play on it while their parents stop for gasoline.

Masters added that almost every day, before Dino’s decapitation, someone was seen outside taking pictures with the dinosaur.

“We covered it up the best that we could without it looking funny,” Masters said.

Weighing about 700 pounds, Dino had been chained down, Masters said, adding that he didn’t want anyone to try to haul off the entire dinosaur.

“It would take a couple of people to saw it (Dino’s head) off,” Masters said.

Norman Police Department took fingerprints, Masters said.

And Masters is considering putting up a reward for the return of Dino’s head.

The cost to replace the entire dinosaur will be about $5,000, according to Masters — a price that he’s willing to pay if the head isn’t returned.

“We’ll replace it or try to do something else with it,” Masters said.

Shana Adkisson 366-3544 sadkisson@norman-transcript.com