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$20,000 worth of ride props were reportedly stolen from Walt Disney World

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 13 Oct 2019

More than $20,000 worth of ride props have been stolen from Walt Disney World, according to local law enforcement.The Orlando Sentinel reported on Thursday that the items were first deemed missing by an employee who couldn't find sails from Peter Pan's Flight.The employee, who was taking inventory at the time, also discovered that a "shell" and three seats from Space Mountain were missing.According to the police report, the stolen items were being kept in a padlocked storage unit that's surrounded by fencing. The shed is located in Epcot behind Test Track.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.Props created for beloved Disney World rides have been stolen from Epcot, according to local law enforcement.On Thursday, The Orlando Sentinel reported that a Disney employee was taking inventory of a shed behind the Test Track ride on October 1 when they discovered missing items. The employee first noticed that sails from Peter Pan's Flight, a ride in Magic Kingdom, were absent, and later discovered that a "shell" and three seats from the Space Mountain roller coaster were also gone.According to the news outlet, the missing items are valued at more than $20,000.It's currently unclear how the items were taken from the theme park. The storage shed where they were originally located is said to have been padlocked and surrounded by fencing.Read more: 31 photos of old Disney World attractions we wish would come backIt may now be difficult to locate the props. According to the police report, "none of the items taken have unique markings or serial items."This isn't the first time memorabilia has been stolen from Disney World. In May, a Disney employee was accused of stealing $14,000 worth of costumes and props from Epcot and Magic Kingdom.As Insider previously reported, 24-year-old Patrick Allen Spikes was linked to the crime after police discovered photos of the missing items on his Twitter page. Spikes reportedly stole an animatronic character named "Buzzy" from the closed Cranium Command attraction, and clothes from The Haunted Mansion, among other props.Representatives for Disney World did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.Read more:14 vintage photos of Disneyland behind the scenes that will make you see the theme park in a whole new light15 photos that show how Disney theme parks celebrate Halloween11 vintage photos of Disneyland's opening day in 1955 that will make you wish you were thereDisney's Animal Kingdom is filled with hidden-gem wedding venues. Here's what they look like.Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Nxivm leader Keith Raniere has been convicted. Here's what happened inside his sex-slave ring that recruited actresses and two billionaire heiresses.
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