Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Great UFO Heist in Roswell

In a caper that could only happen in Roswell, police say a flying saucer has been stolen from a UFO museum.


The flying saucer on the side of the UFO Museum in Roswell, shown in a photograph from 2000, was recently stolen. The UFO was blown down during a storm this past winter and was repaired and being stored behind the building when it was taken.
“Be on the lookout: missing spaceship,” the Roswell Police Department said in a post Monday on its Facebook page.

The silver-colored saucer made of fiberglass and stainless steel was stolen about 3:30 a.m. Saturday from behind the International UFO Museum and Research Center on Roswell’s main drag.

A blizzard this past winter knocked the saucer from its usual mount on the corner of the museum building on South Main Street. It recently had been repaired and was being stored under an awning behind the museum.

Museum surveillance video shows three people driving into the back alley, loading the spaceship into the bed of a red pickup and driving off, according to Roswell police.

“There are certainly a good number of spaceships/flying saucers in Roswell, but if you happen to see one that looks a little out of place, please give RPD a call,” the Facebook post said.

The museum is just around the corner from police headquarters.

The flying saucer has been a fixture of the UFO Museum for 24 years: It originally was mounted on the front of the museum’s first location on Fourth Street before it moved to the current building.

“It’s a historical piece of our building,” said Karen Jaramillo, the museum’s interim executive director. “It was just fiberglass and a stainless steel bowl wrapped with rope lights that changed colors at night. It’s sad that it is not with us anymore. We hope it is returned.”

The Facebook post about the theft had garnered more than 120 “likes” and dozens of comments by Tuesday.

“Someone stole Roswell’s mascot,” a woman identified as Holly Wood Hill commented. “For shame and you can’t even put it in your front yard ’cause everyone knows.”

In a nod to the “Roswell Incident” of 1947 in which an unidentified flying object crashed on a ranch northwest of Roswell, setting off a decades-old controversy – or conspiracy theories – about what the object really was, a man identified as Steven Johnson, wrote, “It’s not a flying saucer, it’s a weather balloon.”

Several others simply stated the obvious: “Only in Roswell.”

“Someone stole Roswell’s mascot,” a woman identified as Holly Wood Hill commented. “For shame and you can’t even put it in your front yard ‘cause everyone knows.”


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