Florida man pretended to be Disney World staff to rob famous character, police say

A Florida man seeking a security job at Walt Disney World was accused of stealing a character statue from the park in May.

David Emerson Proudfoot has been arrested and faces charges of third-degree theft and obstruction by false information after he allegedly donned a Disney name tag and attempted to steal a ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 statue from worth up to $10,000, Law & Crime reported.

A “confused” Proudfoot was spotted pushing a trolley as he left the Swan and Dolphin Hotel, according to the outlet. An affidavit said he identified himself with the name of someone who did not work for Walt Disney World and ultimately said he was moving the statue and a gambling machine “onto the property.”

The man said he had applied for a security job at Disney World, according to the affidavit, and wanted to move the items to report security breaches in hopes of getting a better paying position. .

He reportedly told police his goal was not to take the items from Disney World, although a search warrant at his home ‘unveiled items worth thousands of dollars’ from the theme park , reported Law & Crime.


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