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Oswego Business Owner 'Bummed' About Stolen Custom Sign

Jul 14, 2016 02:31PM ● Published by Steven Jack

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You know when you make something with your own hands and it's always better than anything you could have bought? No matter how big or small, a sentimental value is always attached. 

That's how Nate DeMont feels about the hand-made traffic sign that was stolen from outside his custom guitar shop on Stonehill Road sometime Wednesday. DeMont said he and some fellow OHS grads fabricated the sign late last year and put it in the ground earlier this summer. 

"I came up with the idea to help slow traffic in our parking lot for customers and students," DeMont said Thursday morning. "I'm just really bummed. It's not easily replaced. I can't just order one because we made it. The sign was pounded into the ground across from our front door."

DeMont placed a conservative estimate of $400 on the sign, but considering all the man hours it took to design, build and place the sign, the value is actually much higher. 

"We had that design drawn by a freelance designer who graduated from OHS with me in 2002, Kellen Roggenbuck. We cut the design here at DeMont MFG with help from engineer Ben Frola, also OHS grad. Life-long resident Roy Seglem, a retired friend, put it all together for us. It was a big and sort of expensive project," DeMont said.

The Oswego Police are asking anyone with information about the sign to call 630-551-7300. 


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