A Florida man posed as a Disney World staff member in an alleged attempt to steal an R2-D2 statue.
David Emerson Proudfoot — who lives near the theme park — is said to have donned an employee uniform and a personalised name badge as he sought to swipe the statue of the Star Wars character worth US$10,000 (S$14,000).
According to a probable cause affidavit posted on Law and Crime, deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on May 31 responded to the Swan and Dolphin Hotel located at 1200 Epcot Resorts Drive after Walt Disney World security called them in reference to a possible grand theft.
The man allegedly caught the attention of the hotel’s security team when they noticed him pushing a large cart away from the Swan hotel and appearing “confused.”
The affidavit read: “David proceeded to wander through the back areas of the hotel. [A]t one point we crossed over to the Beach club side of the resort complex. David got lost another time, backtracked and was finally able to locate a case [sic] member locker room.
“Once inside the locker room he went to a row of lockers in the ‘800’ section. He appeared confused and could not remember for [sic] find a locker where he left his things.”
“The suspect then attempted to get into one of the lockers several times with no success. When the deputy said he knew the suspect had a wallet in his pocket, the suspect allegedly produced a Florida driver’s license in the name of David Emerson Proudfoot. He then admitted to ‘moving items on the property, including R2D2 and a game machine.'”
The affidavit also mentioned that Proudfoot allegedly told the police that he was moving the R2-D2 replica to “show weaknesses in the security of the resorts in the hope of securing a better job at [Disney World].”
Authorities later searched Proudfoot’s home and found thousands of dollars worth of items that had been swiped from Disney World, including light fixtures, a wooden towel cabinet, and a gold necklace.
Proudfoot is now facing three counts of third-degree grand theft charges and obstruction by false information.