Florida man David Proudfoot accused of impersonating Disney World employee takes Star Wars droid R2-D2

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A Florida man has been arrested for impersonating a Disney World hotel guest and employee and taking numerous items, including a $10,000 ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 droid, it has been reported. authorities.

David Proudfoot, 44, of Kissimmee, Fla., is facing charges of grand theft and obstruction by false information in a series of incidents this year at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, according to multiple warrant affidavits. ‘stop. He told authorities he had applied for a job on Disney’s security team and was trying to point out weaknesses “in hopes of getting a better paying job,” according to one of the affidavits.

Disney World did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday morning from The Washington Post, and a public defender listed for Proudfoot in court records did not respond to an email seeking a statement.

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Proudfoot was arrested May 31 after he was seen at the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve wearing an orange work vest and Disney World name tag and pushing a cart, but appeared confused about proper hotel procedures.

Security called the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and when deputies arrived, Proudfoot told them his name was David E. Rogers and that part of his job at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort was to “move objects from one place to another”, according to a certificate of arrest warrant. He told deputies his supervisor was James McDaniels, the affidavit reads.

Security officials told deputies that no one named David E. Rogers worked at Disney World and while someone named James McDaniels was an employee, he was based in California, according to the affidavit.

Deputies then escorted Proudfoot to the Yacht Club Resort to collect his personal effects so they could verify his identity. Once there, deputies said he wandered around the complex looking for a locker room for employees, at one point leading deputies down a stairwell to the management offices.

“When I asked David where we were going, he said, ‘Oh. I thought you wanted to speak to my manager to verify my employment. I then informed him that we were there to go to the locker to collect his belongings to include a driver’s license or ID card, to verify his identity,” a deputy wrote in the affidavit.

Once he found the locker room, deputies said he seemed confused as to which locker he had used to store his belongings.

After trying a few lockers, Proudfoot picked one and “tried to fiddle with the combination dial several times without success,” a deputy wrote in the affidavit. “I then told David that I noticed he had a wallet on him. I then asked, ‘Are you sure you don’t have your ID in your wallet?’ »

At that point, Proudfoot admitted his real name and showed deputies his driver’s license, the affidavit reads.

Proudfoot also admitted to moving an R2-D2 droid worth between $6,000 and $10,000 from the third floor of Disney World’s Swan Hotel to “an unknown location” on the property, according to the affidavit. He said that by doing so he was “temporarily depriving the Swan Hotel of the full use of this product”.

Deputies said Proudfoot told them he had no intention of removing the droid from the property.

In addition to the R2-D2 incident, Proudfoot is accused of taking bathroom products, light fixtures, a towel cabinet and a game machine to various Disney World resorts. He was even accused of posing as a guest of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando on Valentine’s Day, charging a $700 gold necklace, among other things, to a guest staying at the hotel.

Proudfoot was jailed in the county jail on charges of grand larceny, petty larceny, obstruction by false information, fraudulent scheme, structure burglary and tampering with a coin-operated machine, according to records in line.

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