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Florida Man Posing as Disney Worker Charged in Removal of R2-D2 at Hotel

  • July 04, 2022

Deputy Wrzesien accompanied Mr. Proudfoot to retrieve items from a locker, and Mr. Proudfoot took a route that seemed inconsistent with employee procedures, the report said.

“At one point David took us up to a stairwell that leads to the management offices,” Deputy Wrzesien wrote. “When I questioned David where we were going, he said ‘Oh, I thought you wanted to speak to my manager to verify my employment.’”

Investigators confirmed Mr. Proudfoot’s real name with a Florida driver’s license he had in his possession, the report said.

Mr. Proudfoot has been connected to other thefts at Disney-owned properties leading up to the R2-D2 case.

In January, at the Four Seasons Resort, sheriff’s records show he was tied to the theft of about $735 worth of bathroom products from the men’s locker room. The next month, he was arrested after buying a gold necklace worth more than $700 by identifying himself as a guest under a different name.

On May 16, Mr. Proudfoot was charged in connection with the theft of bathroom light fixtures and a towel cabinet from the gym at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. He also admitted to breaking into at least three arcade machines on Walt Disney World properties, the report said.

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