Jan 22, 2017 I Paul Seaburn

Roswell UFO Thief Gets Severe Punishment

What put Roswell, New Mexico, on the map? If you said, “The UFO that crashed there in 1947,” you’d be wrong … because the UFO crashed (allegedly, of course) many miles away. However, the debris was brought to the Roswell Army Air Field, linking its name to the incident forever. Roswell residents take pride in their UFO heritage and no place shows it better than the International UFO Museum And Research Center.

Built in 1991, the museum welcomed visitors with a large flying saucer mounted to the wall out front. That is, until March 19th, 2016, when it was stolen from a back lot where it was being repaired. Roswell may love UFOs but it’s not good for their health – the flying saucer had been damaged by a recent snowstorm.


Fortunately, Roswell cared enough for its UFO to keep it under surveillance and the camera caught three individuals loading it into a pickup truck at 3 am. The saucer was later found two miles from the museum – damaged again and this time beyond repair. One thief was identified by the video and 17-year-old Newman Seely was arrested and charged with one felony count of larceny and one felony count of conspiracy. That’s right … conspiracy. Roswell is definitely serious about its UFO, as Eric and Carolyn Jackson pointed out in media reports after the theft.

You think of things like that happening only in large metropolitan cities not small ones like this… People want to see these things… then you just take the spaceship away? That’s terrible.

Residents like Marvin Myers took it personally in Facebook posts.

I don’t care for all this alien stuff here in Roswell, but this was just stupid. In a way, this was an assault on every person in Roswell.

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Inside the Roswell museum

Prosecutors may have been upset because Seely refused to divulge a motive for the crime and would not reveal the identities of his accomplices. Or they could have been angry at the fact that the flying saucer cost $500 in 1991 but the price of its replacement will be many times that. In fact, nearly a year after the original was found destroyed, a new one has not yet been commissioned.

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The original UFO was beyond repair

According to Roswell TV station KRQE, justice has finally been served and the punishment was severe. Newman Seely pleaded guilty to the crimes of conspiring to and stealing the Rosewell flying saucer and was sentenced to up to a year in a juvenile facility.

A year! Let that be a lesson to anyone thinking of committing a crime that affects the lifeblood of the city of Roswell, New Mexico. They will find you and lock you up. Don't mess with Roswell.

Paul Seaburn
Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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