We have been following the story of Patrick Spikes (otherwise known as Backdoor Disney) for quite some time. For those unfamiliar, I’ll give you a brief rundown.
Spikes ran and started a Twitter account known as Backdoor Disney where he started posting backstage photos of Walt Disney World. This put him on the radar of the investigations team at Walt Disney World. Shortly thereafter, an animatronic known as Buzzy went missing from Cranium Command at the former Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot.
Naturally, when Spikes started posting pictures of Buzzy on his Backdoor Disney twitter feed, he became a suspect in the disappearance. While that case is still pending as of the writing of this article, we did find out last week that Disney and Orange County had been investigating him for more than just Buzzy’s disappearance.
On May 18, Spikes was arrested and immediately bonded out from charges that he allegedly stole costumes from Haunted Mansion animatronics at the Magic Kingdom. The arrest affidavit is a really interesting read and we are going to do an in-depth piece on this story in the near future.
However, we have now learned that his attorney has filed a plea of not guilty on Spikes behalf according to this document. Keep in mind, this pertains only to the charges of the missing Haunted Mansion animatronic costumes. The case regarding the Buzzy animatronic is still pending.
Spikes and his attorney are requesting a trial by jury. Assuming this goes to court and in front of a jury, will you follow the case? To my knowledge, this is the first time I can think of that a former Disney Cast Member (which Spikes was) would go in front of a jury regarding stolen property. Your thoughts?
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