Shariel Agosto, a 28-year-old ex-Typhoon Lagoon employee, admitted to the Orange County Police Department that she snuck into the backstage area of the themed water park on more than one occasion to steal from park employees.
According to the Orange County Arrest Affidavit, Agosto admitted to taking credit cards, cash, gift cards, and other easy to take items to use as her own personal items. In the affidavit, Agosto acknowledged taking the credit cards from purses and bags from the locker room area of the employee section of Typhoon Lagoon.
In the Arrest Affidavit, Agosto stated that she took the credit cards and cash to fuel her vehicle. Among her several purchases made with the stolen money, Agosto made stops at a Speedway Gas Station for gas, Gator’s Dockside restaurant for food, and at Publix for an alcohol purchase valued at $79.84 and an attempted purchase of $184.09.
Agosto told the Orange County Police Department that she used to work at Typhoon Lagoon years ago and is currently employed at Disney Springs with a third party. However, she was still familiar with the backstage area and how to enter it. In the report, Agosto explains this is how she was able to get into the backstage area of Typhoon Lagoon to rob these employees.
This isn’t the first time we heard of an employee stealing while on Walt Disney World property. In December of last year an ex-employee was arrested after stealing almost $49,000 from the company in 2016 over a 9-month period.
Between April and December of 2016, Jamaica Hall issued fraudulent credit card refunds to hotel guests that were applied to his personal debit cards via an electronic transfer of funds.
Hall had been able to commit the crimes through a method of making it appear on paper as if funds from Walt Disney World hotels were being transferred back to park guests in the form of refunds. However, the funds were actually being transferred to Hall’s own personal accounts.