ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Orange County deputies have arrested 24-year-old Patrick Spikes, a former Walt Disney World employee that they say stole Disney memorabilia and peddled it online.
Deputies say they discovered the theft while investigating a missing animatronic character from the theme park.
ARRESTED: Patrick Spikes, 24, sits behind bars and faces charges of burglary, grand theft, and dealing in stolen property. He entered a restricted area of Disney, stole over $7,000 in items and resold them. Special thanks to the tireless efforts of our Sector 6 detectives. pic.twitter.com/ih3SaewzsN— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) May 17, 2019
During their search, they found social media sites Spikes allegedly used to post behind-the-scenes photos from the park.
That put detectives on his trail, and they eventually found evidence that Spikes stole ten items of clothing and accessories from animatronic characters in the Haunted Mansion ride - together valued at more than $7,000. Deputies say he sold one dress to a collector online for $1,000.
One of the people who claims they bought the merchandise from Spikes told deputies that Spikes said he had Disney's permission to have the property.
Spikes is facing charge of burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.