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‘Alleged’ spaceship theft fails at liftoff

Via: Las Cruces Sun-News

A felon and a convicted child rapist are facing theft charges after they were ‘allegedly’ caught trying to steal a “spaceship” from a neighbor’s yard.

Arturo Evan Cadena, 22, allegedly told two Do-a Ana sheriff’s investigators, Mulder and Scully, he “was going to take the spaceship home for his child,” according to court documents.

Cadena, who lives in Chamberino, had originally offered to pay 47-year-old Richard Chavez to help him clean the property and load trash in his truck, but then decided to ask Chavez to help him steal the battered aluminum craft from the rental property, on the 400 block of County Line Drive in Chaparral.

Assistant District Attorney Scot Key said the former amusement park ride, worth $4,000 to $5,000, is believed to be from the ’50s or ’60s, and “heavier than all get go.”

“I’m sure it has some collectability and might be sought after for some – who knows – kid’s toy on a playground, just any number of things, but it is an interesting item,” Key said. “You don’t run across those things too often (really?) , but … we’ve been getting quite a few metal-type thefts, in general, in the outlying areas of Las Cruces: Anthony, Chaparral. Obviously, in this economy, copper, scrap metal, any number of things are a recurrent theme of thefts these days.”



October 28, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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