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Florida men enter plea deal in Disney theft case

Former Disney employee stole costumes, props, deputies say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A Winter Garden man and his cousin accused of stealing a number of Disney props and costumes and then taking photos with them entered a plea deal Tuesday.

Patrick Spikes was arrested in May 2019 on allegations of stealing and selling thousands of dollars worth of costumes from the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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The 24-year-old faces charges of burglary of an occupied structure, dealing in stolen property and grand theft has previously pleaded not guilty. Deputies say his cousin, Blayton Taunton, also faces the same charges.

Patrick was sentenced to 10 years of probation, Taunton was sentenced to five. If they abide by their probations this conviction will not be reflected in their records.

Both men must pay more than $25,000 in restitution. While in court, Spikes agreed he’d pay his cousin’s share. Spikes will also perform 250 hours of community service and Taunton must complete 125 hours.

In agreeance with the plea deal, the men are no longer allowed on Disney property.


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