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CrimeFormer employee arrested for stealing $14K Disney costumes from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, deputies say

06:40  18 may  2019
06:40  18 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A former Disney employee was arrested Friday after he stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and memorabilia from the back rooms of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, according to an arrest affidavit.

Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, is facing burglary, grand theft and trafficking in stolen property charges, the Orange County Sheriff’s said.

Deputies began investigating in August after the animatronic “Buzzy” and its clothing including a bomber jacket, headphones and green hat, went missing from the closed “Cranium Command” attraction at Epcot.

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Spikes became a suspect when he started posting pictures of Buzzy on his Twitter account @backdoordisney, the affidavit said.

He denied stealing the items when he talked to investigators in November and became combative, resulting in a resisting arrest charge.

In December, detectives learned Spikes sent pictures of other stolen items to another employee which allowed detectives to get warrants to search his home and seize his phone. They found numerous photos of stolen Disney items and transactions over PayPal, the affidavit said.

The stolen items include wigs, skirts and jackets, the affidavit said.

Time stamps from the phone and employee entrance logs show Spikes and a family member went to the Magic Kingdom on July 31, the affidavit said. They used underground tunnels to get backstage at the Haunted Mansion attraction where they stole the items, according to the affidavit.

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Investigators said they went to a nearby 7-Eleven where they took pictures of themselves wearing the items.

Records show Spikes received about $30,000 via PayPal from two people between July and September, the affidavit said. The items are worth much more on the “black market” than in actuality, detectives say.

Detectives identified one of the buyers who said he sent about $9,000 from Spikes for 18 unspecified items. The man’s name is redacted from the report, but he was was cooperative during the investigation and said Spikes told him he got the items legally, according to investigators.

Detectives are still investigating and trying to track down all the stolen items.

Spikes has since bonded out of the Orange County Jail. Since bonding out, he’s posted several tweets making light of the situation. He could not be reached for comment.

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