It was supposed to be a magical day at the happiest place on Earth. However, for the Collazo Family, it turned into a nightmare and lead to the arrest of a Tampa-area mom.
Lauren Collazo and her family were visiting Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World on April 15. After being on a ride, they came back to find their $1,800 Bugaboo stroller stolen from where they parked it. The family also had left their car keys, wallets, and an EpiPen on the stroller which were also stolen.
“It was the fact that she took it away from me the day that I needed it the most and ruined everybody’s day at Disney,” said Collazo, of Miami. “I was there with no money, stranded,” Collazo told ABC Action News via Skype. “My husband had to fly over from Miami that same day, catch the first flight available to rescue me and my family.”
A video of the theft went viral on social media which helped lead to the arrest of Michelle Craig of Spring Hill, FL. After further investigation, it was realized that Craig was selling several other high-end items on her Facebook page including other strollers, designer purses, and diaper bags. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Craig for other recent luxury item thefts at Disney World. The video also revealed that Craig was using her own daughter during the crime to ride in the stroller and act as a decoy.
Disney has not yet released a statement on this matter.
To keep your personal articles safe at Disney, we recommend not storing any expensive items in your stroller, wheelchair, or scooter when you do have to leave them unattended. Also, try to make your stroller, wheelchair, or scooter standout from the others. Adding a brightly colored ribbon or a bight personalized sign are great ways to make you stroller, wheelchair, or scooter standout from the crowds.