Several months ago Patrick Spikes, a former Disney World employee, and his cousin, Blaytin Taunton were accused of entering the backstage areas of the Magic Kingdom between July 23, 2018 and January 8, 2019 and stealing $7,000 worth of costumes and props from The Haunted Mansion attraction at the Magic Kingdom.
In documents released earlier this year, authorities indicated that Spikes used his employee ID to access backstage areas.
Spikes is also accused of selling the stolen costumes and receiving more than $29,000 via PayPal.
According to Spectrum 13 News, investigators have released photos and videos from Mr. Spikes phone.
“Photos released Wednesday show Spikes wearing wigs taken from Disney World. Others show various costume pieces from the Haunted Mansion attraction, including a dress and a purple shirt labeled, “A.A. Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion Fig. 31 A.”
Investigators also indicate that the photos found on his phone show behind-the-scenes areas of Haunted Mansion, including the dining room scene.
Back in December of 2018, Spikes was also interviewed in connection with the theft of the Buzzy animatronic from the now closed Cranium Command attraction.
I remember all the Twitter drama about it and how his account @BackDoorDisney was mentioned in regards to him being accused of taking Buzzy. The police did bring him in for an interview regarding that case on December 18, 2018. I don’t believe he was charged in that case, but it led investigators to dig further where the Haunted Mansion items came up.
“Spikes denied involvement in the theft, according to an affidavit. Video of the Buzzy interview was released Wednesday and shows Spikes reaching for his phone when investigators tell him they are going to confiscate it.”
Orlando Rising posted a video of the interview on YouTube:
On October 23, 2019, authorities released photos taken during a search of Spikes’ home where they found a trash can from the Transportation and Ticket Center as well as bins filled with pins and other Disney merchandise.
Spectrum 13 News also said that “other photos released Wednesday show a car trunk with manuals from Disney World attractions, including the Peoplemover, Carousel of Progress, and the defunct If You Had Wings. ”
So far in the case Spikes was formally arrested in May on charges including theft, burglary and dealing stolen property. The State Attorney General’s Office filed felony charges against him in August.
The pair is scheduled for trial beginning beginning Jan. 21, 2020.
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