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#1 User is offline   David 

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Posted 16 May 2004 - 11:42 AM

Thousands Stolen From Family's Safe At Disney Resort

POSTED: 11:29 am EDT May 10, 2004

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A family from India says its visit to the happiest place on earth has been miserable. The family says someone broke into their Disney hotel suite and cleaned out their safe, stealing thousands of dollars.

The family says, instead of helping, the resort staff added insult to their injury.

Kaajal Anand says the plan was to end their trip to Disney World with a visit to one of the theme parks, but she says that plan drastically changed when she walked over to the safe in her suite to grab some cash.

"When I reached the safe, there was a second key in the safe and the safe was open and everything was gone," she explains.

Her passport, airline tickets, $3,000 in cash, $10,000 in travelers checks, Anand says the thief packed it all in her $3,000 Louis Vuitton travel bag and walked away.

But, Anand says, what is more shocking is how she believes the thief got into her room. She says hotel managers practically invited them in.

Anand says desk clerks at the Wilderness Lodge told her someone called from the room claiming to have lost their safe key.

"So, they actually sent an engineer up who made a second key for this person," she explains.

Anand says she could not believe this, since she was so thoroughly screened when she checked into the resort.

"It was such a procedure for me to get checked into my room. How come it was so easy for somebody to get a key to the safe without ID?" she wonders.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating the burglary.

A Disney representative told Channel 9, they are cooperating with the sheriff's office and conducting their own investigation as well.

As for Anand, she says she is borrowing money from friends in hopes she can fly to New York on Monday and get another passport to get home to India.

"I'm stranded. I don't have money, I don't have credit cards and I don't have my ticket, and the airline won't allow me out of here without photo ID," she says.

The sheriff's office says, since this is a property crime and not a violent crime, it could take several days before a detective is assigned to the case and they get to the bottom of this.
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Posted 16 May 2004 - 11:57 AM

It's one of those terrible stories that has the odds of happening along the lines of a million to one
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Posted 16 May 2004 - 02:32 PM

I think they're lying. It's too fishy.
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Posted 16 May 2004 - 03:11 PM

Sounds like the family did something wrong and is trying to cover it up by pointing the finger at Disney. Though I do think it could happen, I have never heard of them making a key 'right now' for a safe. I am also sure it cost money and you would have to sign for it in some way.

Fingerprints anyone?


Other things I have been thinking about... How did they get into the room? They had to have a resort key. Getting to the resort is not hard, but a key that works to that room where they knew there was a good amount of stuff still puzzles me.


Travelers Checks are replaceable, so there is 10K for the family. That should be plenty to get home with.
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Posted 16 May 2004 - 06:50 PM

Either way, I would be outraged if that much was stolen from me. Bringing money in the form of traveler's cheques (btw, why isn't it spelled checks?) is smart, but what could possibly cost $10k? Also, if this is true, why didn't Disney check the ID of the person who supposedly entered the room? I can't imagine they wouldn't check or at least have them verify a home address or something. DIS isn't exactly a rookie company.
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Posted 16 May 2004 - 06:52 PM

BDANtheman29 said:

but what could possibly cost $10k?


Too much. A nice room or two for the family for the week.
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Posted 16 May 2004 - 06:53 PM

Ahhh yes, I forgot this was a Disney resort. :lol:
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Posted 16 May 2004 - 11:37 PM

They were trying to fly back to India the next day according to the news. They were flying back to New York and then from there to India. That seemed very strange indeed. I would think they would want to stay around to be compensated for their loss or push the investigation. There are many issues here.
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Posted 17 May 2004 - 03:03 PM

Unless there was some immeditate threat of staying in the United States, I definitely would not leave behind over $10k worth of valuables/money. Also, if traveling back to another country, why stay 30 min from MCO at a Disney resort?
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Posted 17 May 2004 - 03:09 PM

Just another reason to use credit cards instead of travelers cheques
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