Man charged with selling $10,000 Daniel Boone plaque for scrap

Thursday, July 10, 2008 | 6:00 p.m. CDT; updated 11:34 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

MARTHASVILLE — A 27-year-old eastern Missouri man faces stealing charges in the theft of the burial site plaque for frontiersman Daniel Boone.

Authorities say Matthew Burgoyne of Wright City stole the plaque on June 24 and sold it for scrap.

The plaque for years marked the final resting place for Boone and his wife near Marthasville. The Daughters of the American Revolution had the plaque installed into a granite rock to mark the site 100 years after Rebecca Boone died in 1813.

Warren County detectives checked salvage yards, which led them to Burgoyne. But by that time, he had already chopped up the bronze plaque into several pieces and sold them to a scrap yard.

The plaque will cost $10,000 to replace. Authorities say it netted the suspect about $100.

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