Former Disney World employee steals memorabilia worth thousands, caught after posting photos on Twitter: Cops

Authorities in Florida say a man’s attempt to show off some stolen Disney stuff on social media led to his arrest on suspicion of several serious charges.

According to WJXT, 24-year-old Patrick Allen Spikes had previously been employed by Walt Disney World in Orlando and is accused of stealing an array of valuable memorabilia from the resort during that time.

In addition to posting photos of the allegedly stolen goods to his Twitter account, police believe he attempted to sell some of the costumes and other items he stole.

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In total, the stolen items are reportedly valued at about $14,000 and included property taken from two theme parks on the premises — Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.

PayPal records show income of about $30,000 from two individuals — one of whom later returned more than a dozen items with a complaint that they were stolen, according to the New York Post. The higher price was due to an elevated value on the black market, police noted.

Among the images police say they collected as evidence was a tweet showing a retired robotic Disney character in its clothes. The post was dated two months after the park reported the same wardrobe stolen, police reports indicate.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported that he is expected to face criminal charges including grand theft, trafficking in stolen property, and burglary.

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[Featured image: Patrick Spikes, Orange County Sheriff’s Office]