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Disney World Guest Arrested for Impersonating Cast Member, Stealing $10,000 R2-D2 Statue

Another arrest was made on Disney World property last month after an out-of-state Guest decided to “show weaknesses in Disney’s current security system.”

Records from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office indicate that the man identified as David Proudfoot was caught dressed as an impersonating a Walt Disney World Cast Member, and he admitted to moving an R2-D2 statue and game machine from their proper places to an undisclosed location on a Resort hotel property.

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According to clickorlando.com,

After several attempts to persuade deputies that he was employed by the company, deputies eventually found details of Proudfoot’s personal information in his wallet, according to the affidavit.

Deputies said Proudfoot then admitted to taking a replica statue of R2-D2 and an arcade game machine and moving them to “an unknown location” on the Swan Reserve with no intention of taking them off the property. Records show the R2-D2 statue was worth between $6000 and $10,000.

Investigators said Proudfoot moved the items to show weaknesses in Disney’s current security system. Proudfoot had previously applied to work in security at Disney.

R2-D2

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Proudfoot also claimed that he had no intention of keeping the statue of the Star Wars icon, despite its value. Regardless of any truth to his statement, he will face charges for third-degree grand theft, petit theft, scheming to defraud, and obstruction by false information.

This is not Proudfoot’s first crime. According to the Baltimore Sun, he was caught embezzling $15,000 from the Baltimore County School System while working as an elementary school principal.

It is unclear, at this time, if the R2-D2 statue has been recovered or not.

Swan Reserve Hotel

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About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.