ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A flying saucer that disappeared from the UFO museum in Roswell didn’t soar far before it ended up in pieces outside of town Wednesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for the police department.
“It was found in a ditch under some trees,” said Todd Wildermuth. “It was torn up, but we don’t know how it got torn up – if the suspects did that or if it fell out of a pickup truck.”
The silver-colored saucer, a fiberglass and stainless steel bowl wrapped in lights, had been at the International UFO Museum and Research Center, in the center of town, for 24 years. It was knocked off its mount during a blizzard last winter and was being stored under an awning behind the museum after it was repaired.
It was stolen around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
Surveillance video from the museum shows three people driving into the back alley, loading the saucer into the bed of a red pickup and driving away.
Wildermuth said police don’t have any leads about who the men are.
“No one has come forward to say we recognize these guys or that truck,” he said. “It’s probably going to be one of those types of cases where the key is someone coming forward, and offering up some sort of information.”
News of the theft traveled quickly and national news outlets have picked up the story.
Karen Jaramillo, the museum’s interim executive director, said since the police department posted about the saucer on Facebook on Tuesday, the museum has been inundated with calls and alien jokes.
She said she told police the saucer was worth about $500, but its real value is as a historical piece. The museum plans to replace it, she said.
Jaramillo said she suspects the theft was a joke and wasn’t intended as a malicious act.
“It’s just sad that we have people here who just do that,” Jaramillo said. “They have no respect.”