Florida man poses as cast member and steals $10,000 from ‘droid R2-D2’ in alleged attempt to gain Disney World security job

A man has been caught and arrested for impersonating a hotel guest and cast member while taking a gold necklace and an R2-D2 droid worth around 10,000 $, according to sheriff’s reports detailing the man’s scheme that unfolded on Disney property this year.

David Proudfoot, 44, of Kissimmee, faces multiple criminal charges, including grand larceny.

Proudfoot came to the attention of security last month as he pushed a cart down Epcot Resorts Boulevard to Walt Disney World Swan Reserve. He wore a Disney World name tag that read “David” and a bright orange safety vest.

The security guard “noticed the behavior as (suspicious) and offered to help the man with the cart onto the property. The man seemed confused about the location of the loading docks or the proper Swan Reserve procedures. Security then called deputies to respond,” the arrest report said.

Proudfoot claimed to be David Rodgers and said he was a Walt Disney Company employee working in the front desk division of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

But there were plenty of red flags that Proudfoot was lying.

Disney security said there was no record of anyone with that name working at the company. The man who Proudfoot says was his boss works in Burbank, California. And when Proudfoot – accompanied by the sheriff’s office – went to the Yacht Club where he supposedly worked, he got lost. He obviously did not know the proper procedures for employees. He was unable to open an employee’s locker where he claimed to have left his belongings.

Finally, Proudfoot admitted his real name and showed deputies his driver’s license. Authorities believe he was trying to distract them from the flights, so he drove them around the Yacht Club. Proudfoot hid his identity for three and a half hours, according to the report.

Proudfoot admitted to moving an R2-D2 droid worth between $6,000 and $10,000 from the third floor of the Swan Hotel to “an unknown location on the Swan Reserve.” The report said Proudfoot was “temporarily depriving the Swan Hotel of full use of this product”. Details on the R2 unit were not given, but it was likely one of the stationary models used for photo ops at the stations.

Proudfoot also said he took a game machine called “Duck Catcher” from the game center on the first floor of the Dolphin Hotel. The game was worth $3,500, according to another sheriff’s report.

Proudfoot told a sheriff’s sergeant, “He had a request pending from Walt Disney World Security and was moving things around to show weaknesses in station security in hopes of getting a better paying job at WDW.”

Proudfoot is represented by the public defender’s office, according to court records. The bureau does not comment on the cases, a representative told WDWNT on Tuesday.

It was not the first time that Proudfoot, a disgraced educator, had been accused of stealing or lying about his identity.

On Valentine’s Day, Proudfoot paid for a $703 gold necklace by loading it into someone else’s room at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, according to an arrest report filed on May 31 before the Circuit Court of Orange.

The Baltimore Sun newspaper previously reported that Proudfoot was accused of stealing about $15,000 from the Baltimore County school system, where he once worked as an elementary school principal, according to a 2015 article.

“The alleged theft involved ‘fraudulent refunds,’ in which Proudfoot said he purchased items for school, but did not,” the Sun story said. By the time he was charged with the crime in Maryland, Proudfoot had already moved to Florida and was working as a vice principal at schools in Seminole County. He soon resigned, the story notes.

On social media, Proudfoot says he works as an instructional leader and executive director of Foot Forwards to help students. The Foot Forwards website is no longer active.

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