ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Police have made an arrest in the case of the flying saucer stolen from Roswell’s International UFO museum last week. They also say they are still looking for the two other suspects. Police say they were able to track down one of the thieves because of a phone call.
The flying saucer that used to hang on the side of the museum was stolen while being stored behind the museum for repairs.
The museum’s security camera caught three people loading the spaceship into the bed of a red pickup and taking off.
Now, Roswell police have made an arrest.
“On Saturday morning, we arrested a 17-year-old boy who was one of the three suspects in the theft of the spaceship,” said Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police spokesman.
Police are not releasing the name of the teen arrested since he is still a juvenile, but say they are still looking for the other two people in the video.
“If people have information about that, we want them to call so we can go after these other two as well,” said Wildermuth.
The spaceship was found last week; it was found smashed into pieces just outside of town.
A lot of people visiting the museum on Monday had already heard about the stolen saucer.
“I was kind of bummed out that they did it. Kids will be kids but if you found something like that I can’t see any reason to destroy it,” said Benny Urban, who was visiting Roswell on spring break with his kids.
Some museum visitors say they are happy to hear someone has been arrested.
“It think it’s great that they found somebody and hopefully, you know, they’ll take corrective action and I hope they find the other person and it can be put back the way it was,” said Jan Gallo.
Police say that the teen isn’t saying what the motive was for stealing the spaceship or who else was involved.
The museum is planning on getting a new saucer, but they are not sure yet when they will have it up or how much it will cost.