Marion County Sheriff’s Office

STOLEN HOT AIR BALLOON RECOVERED
You’re going to think we’re full of “hot air” when you read this, but for the first time in our 175 years of existence, we recovered a stolen hot air balloon! We received word from the Bloomington Police Department in Indiana last night that a hot air balloon stolen out of their jurisdiction was just spotted at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival being held at the Florida Horse Park. MCSO deputies responded and confirmed that it was indeed the stolen balloon in question (pictured below). The owner didn’t want to press charges and just wanted his hot air balloon back. The balloon was towed and will be returned to its proper owner. This just proves that you never know what the MCSO is going to be called out to next…

Stolen Hot Air Balloon
Stolen Hot Air Balloon

A hot air balloon that was stolen in Indiana turned up at a festival in Florida. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the Bloomington Police Department that the balloon was spotted at the Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival which was being held at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala.

Deputies had no trouble finding the balloon and had it towed away so it can be returned to its owner, who told officials he does not wish to press charges against whoever stole it.

In a Facebook post about the incident, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office says it was the first time in the department’s 175 year history that they have ever dealt with a stolen hot air balloon.

You’re going to think we’re full of “hot air” when you read this, but for the first time in our 175 years of existence, we recovered a stolen hot air balloon!
Authorities did not release the identity of the person who allegedly stole the hot air balloon.

Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Strategic Planning for our Second Decade Moves Upward and Onward
How Will We Inspire You?
Since it opened in 2005, the Balloon Museum has welcomed nearly one million visitors from Albuquerque and many other communities in New Mexico, as well as from across the country and around the world.
As we continue into our Second Decade, we are committed to providing meaningful, relevant service to our audiences. To guide our work, the Balloon Museum’s Board of Trustees recently made an important decision. They adopted a new mission statement, a major milestone in our on-going strategic planning process:
Our mission is to inspire a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement through experiences that engage our visitors in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.
Look for this new mission to influence what we do and how we invite and encourage you to participate. Let’s explore, discover, and achieve together, now and in the years ahead.
Learn more by visiting our website, www.cabq.gov/balloon, or by following us on social media.
We are open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, and hope to see you soon!