Orlando police arrested a former Walt Disney World worker they are saying stole $14,000 value of costumes and props from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks.
Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, faces housebreaking, grand theft and trafficking in stolen property costs, in keeping with the Orange County Sheriff’s Twitter web page.
Fox 35 Orlando reported Spikes had entered a restricted space of Disney, stole the objects and resold them, gaining the eye of authorities who’ve been investigating the case for months.
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Police began wanting into the case in August after the animatronic “Buzzy” went lacking from the closed Skull Command attraction on the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot. The present regarded on the significance of the human mind in humorous methods.
You’ll be able to see among the materials stolen from “Buzzy” above, value an estimated $6,800, which included headphones, a bomber jacket and his inexperienced hat. Your entire animatronic later went lacking.
Spikes may need gotten away with it, however he selected to publish the stolen objects on his Twitter account @backdoordisney, which he makes use of to put up behind the scenes theme park photographs. He posted the alleged stolen Buzzy head in a Tweet under.
Spikes reportedly turned combative throughout talks in November with investigators, who booked him for resisting arrest. On the time he denied stealing the objects.
Throughout the police search of Spikes, they discovered he despatched footage of different stolen memorabilia to a different worker and his PayPal transaction historical past had data relating to the stolen objects, which included wigs, skirts and jackets, in keeping with the affidavit.
Court docket paperwork stated Spikes and a member of the family used underground tunnels to get backstage on the Haunted Mansion trip, the place $7,216 value of things have been stolen.
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Spikes obtained about $30,000 from two folks on PayPal between July and September. One of many consumers informed police he despatched Spikes $9,000 for 18 objects. His title wasn’t included within the report after he cooperated with investigators.
After bonding out of jail, Spikes continued to joke concerning the arrest and his jail situations Friday on Twitter, and deleted the account on Sunday.
Police are nonetheless attempting to find all the stolen objects.