By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 21, 2019 4:40 PM CDT
(NEWSER) – A former Walt Disney World employee with backstage access stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and items from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, authorities said Friday. Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, faces burglary, grand theft, and trafficking in stolen property charges, the AP reports. The Orange County Sheriff’s office said it began investigating Spikes, who had created a Twitter account to post Disney backstage content for movie and theme park aficionados, when he posted a picture on Twitter of a retired animatronic character wearing its clothes two months after the reported theft of the robot’s garments. The stolen items belonged to “Buzzy,” a character from the now-closed “Wonders of Life” attraction at Epcot, investigators said. The entire animatronic was later stolen, according to Friday’s arrest warrant.