A Florida man who said he applied for a security job at Walt Disney World in Florida wanted to impress his future bosses.
So, to underscore what he said was lax corporate oversight, the man, David Proudfoot, donned the gray t-shirt, tan pants and Disney tag worn by employees at a Disney resort. , the Swan Reserve, and retired an R2-D2. A “Star Wars” droid and an unidentified gaming machine, authorities said.
R2-D2 may have been the droid he was looking for, but Mr. Proudfoot’s Disney security test backfired: he was charged with grand theft and obstruction by false information, according to a arrest report dated May 31.
Mr. Proudfoot, 44, of Kissimmee, Fla., admitted to investigators that he had moved the droid, which was worth up to $10,000, and the gaming machine, Deputy Christopher Wrzesien of the office of the Orange County Sheriff in the report.
Deputy Wrzesien wrote that Mr. Proudfoot had “temporarily moved” the droid from the third floor of the hotel to an unknown location. As for the gambling machine, Mr Proudfoot told deputies he had no intention of moving it off the property, according to the report.
He told investigators “he had a pending request from Walt Disney World Security and was moving the items around to show weaknesses in station security in hopes of getting a better paying job at WDW,” indicates the report.
Mr Proudfoot could not be reached for comment on Saturday and a lawyer for him was not immediately available. Representatives for Walt Disney World and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to requests for comment.
When authorities first arrived at the Swan Reserve on May 31, they found Mr Proudfoot disguised as a company employee, MP Wrzesien wrote.
He initially gave investigators a false name of David E. Rodgers, but no one by that name was employed by the company. Mr Proudfoot also said his manager’s name was that of a Disney employee who worked in California, not Florida, according to the report.
Deputy Wrzesien accompanied Mr. Proudfoot to retrieve items from a locker, and Mr. Proudfoot took a route that appeared inconsistent with employee procedures, according to the report.
“At one point David took us up a stairwell that leads to the executive offices,” Deputy Wrzesien wrote. “When I asked David where we were going, he said ‘Oh, I thought you wanted to talk to my manager to check on my job.'”
Investigators confirmed Mr Proudfoot’s real name with a Florida driver’s license he had in his possession, the report said.
Mr Proudfoot has been linked to other thefts from Disney-owned properties leading up to the R2-D2 case.
In January, at the Four Seasons Resort, sheriff’s records show he was linked to the theft of approximately $735 worth of toiletries from the men’s locker room. The following month, he was arrested after buying a gold necklace worth over $700 while identifying himself as a guest under a different name.
On May 16, Mr Proudfoot was charged with stealing bathroom fixtures and a towel cabinet from the gym at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. He also admitted to breaking into at least three arcade machines on Walt Disney World properties, according to the report.