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CrimeEx-Disney employee accused of stealing costumes to sell on black market

22:35  17 september  2019
22:35  17 september  2019 Source:   wesh.com

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A former Disney employee and his cousin are accused of stealing clothing and wigs from Disney rides and then selling them on the black market . Patrick Spikes and Blaytin Taunton are accused of selling property that had been stolen from Disney . WESH 2 News reported last year that somebody

Allegations arise on two brothers one of which served as an employee at Disney . The allegations suggest that two brothers have been stealing stuff from the Disney rides like wigs and costumes to sell them in the black market later on.

A former Disney employee and his cousin are accused of stealing clothing and wigs from Disney rides and then selling them on the black market.

Ex-Disney employee accused of stealing costumes to sell on black market© Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Buzzy

Patrick Spikes and Blaytin Taunton are accused of selling property that had been stolen from Disney.

WESH 2 News reported last year that somebody had broken into the backstage area of a retired Epcot exhibit and taken an animatronic character's clothing.

The Wonders of Life has not been open for years and the character "Buzzy" was kept in an off-limits area.

In early August of 2018, detectives found that Buzzy's green military-style cap, red bomber jacket and his custom rubber hands were reportedly gone.

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Former Disney employee accused of stealing animatronic costumes . Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, was arrested Friday. Investigators say he stole over Spikes is also accused of selling many of the stolen Disney items. Investigators made contact with a person who said they had purchased multiple

A former Disney World employee is suspected in the theft of thousands of dollars of costumes and wigs from the Haunted Mansion. Detectives say the man accused of stealing the items is a former Disney employee , 24-year-old Patrick Spikes. They say he ran a popular website that showed the

According to court documents, Spikes stole Buzzy’s costume, along with items from the Haunted Mansion and sold them for thousands of dollars to collectors.

Ex-Disney employee accused of stealing costumes to sell on black market© Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Spikes (left) and Taunton (right)

Taunton, his cousin, is accused of posing as a Disney employee to get access to the Haunted Mansion to steal the items with Spikes. Both men are charged with burglary and grand theft.

Ken Storey, who is the host of the Orlando Tourism Report on FM radio, provided insight into the appetite for rare Disney memorabilia on the black market.

"Wonders of Life, anything that's old-school Epcot, people love and people want anything that can remind them of retro Epcot," Storey said.

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