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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.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/03/us/florida-man-disney-world-r2-d2.html

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