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Thursday October 27, 2011

LATINO BLOTTER: Two Men Arrested on Felony Charges of Spaceship Theft

LATINO BLOTTER: Two Men Arrested on Felony Charges of Spaceship Theft

Photo: Arturo Evan Cadena (L), Richard Chavez (R) caught trying to steal neighbor's spaceship

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A convicted felon is once again facing felony charges in New Mexico after allegedly attempting to steal his neighbor’s spaceship.

Arturo Evan Cadena, 22, of Chamberino, NM, was caught red-handed when he and another man tried to steal a spaceship his neighbor had in his yard. The craft is said to be from the 1950s or ‘60s and as Assistant District Attorney Scot Key explained, “heavier than all get go.”

Key told the Las Cruces Sun-News that he believes the spaceship has some collectability as “you don’t run across those things too often.”

He added that he has been hearing about a number of metal-type thefts in the area, as copper and scrap metal can get thieves a quick penny or two.

The man with Cadena, Richard Chavez, said he was originally asked to help him clean up the property and load trash into his truck, but then agreed to help Cadena steal the neighbors aluminum spaceship, which was valued at between $4,000 and $5,000.

A witness saw Cadena and Chavez loading the former amusement park unit onto a truck earlier this month and confronted the two men, who threw the spacecraft back over the fence and ran.

Thursday, the men were indicted of charges of conspiracy, felony larceny, and criminal trespass.

Cadena already has a criminal record. In 2006, he was convicted of aggravated assault against household member with a deadly weapon and interference with communications. Then in 2008, he was convicted of criminal property damage, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, marijuana possession and aggravated drunken driving. He has also violated his probation six times.

His accomplice is now angel either, having been convicted of criminal mischief, trafficking marijuana, sexual assault, sexual assault against a child causing injury, residential burglary, resisting arrest, evading police, and several charges of drunken driving.

After being arrested, Cadena told officers she was stealing the spaceship for his kids.

We’re just guessing, but that probably won’t win him any Father of the Year awards.