Viral Facebook post helps track down the woman who allegedly stole a high end stroller from Disney World
Disney World is supposed to be a magical experience where dreams can come true. But a vacation was suddenly halted when one mom had her stroller stolen while visiting Hollywood Studios.
Lauren Collazo of Miami, Flordia, was enjoying a day at Hollywood Studios with members of her family. She parked her $1,800 Bugaboo stroller in one of the theme park’s stroller parking lots, but when she went back for it, it was gone.
“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,” Collazo told WFTS News.
If that wasn’t bad enough, her wallet, car keys and her niece’s Epipen were on the stroller when it was stolen.
“I was there with no money, stranded,” she said. “My husband had to fly over from Miami that same day, catch the first flight available to rescue me and my family.”
Disney security looked through surveillance tapes and found Collazo’s stroller being taken from the park by a woman pushing her own child in the stroller. Collazo and her husband shared a screen shot from the video on Facebook asking people to share it and come forward if they had any information.
Thalia Rogers from Texas purchased the used Bugaboo stroller through an online Facebook group for $500, but it was never delivered. “[The thief] somehow, I guess, found the post that Lauren had posted, and I don’t know if she freaked out or what happened, and she called us and said send it back to her. So, I didn’t even get the stroller,” Rogers explained. Craig made a request to UPS to return the stroller, after it was already in transit — and after Rogers paid her for it.
Rogers saw Collazo’s post and reached out to her when realized the stroller she was going to purchase may have been her stolen stroller. “She’s like ‘Oh my God, it still has the clips on it, it still has the tie wraps where your name was on it, do you recognize it?’ I’m like absolutely,” said Collazo. The stroller’s current whereabouts are unknown.
Thanks to the help of these online sleuths, police issued an arrest warrant for Michelle Craig, who is allegedly the woman in the surveillance video and the woman who tried to sell Rogers a stroller online. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office told ABC Action News that they are also actively investigating Craig for other recent luxury stroller thefts at Disney.
If you’ve been to Disney with stroller-aged kids, you know how massive the stroller parking lots are. And because Disney allows guests to purchase things using a bracelet called a Magic Band, it’s totally understandable how you could forget your wallet in the stroller. When you’re having fun with your family it’s easy to let your guard down. It’s a shame someone decided to exploit that fact for their personal gain.
Collazo says she’s less upset about the missing stroller and more bothered by the fact that a mom would steal from a fellow mom. “She ruined our day, completely and totally,” Collazo said. “My husband had to fly up there and rescue me and we had to come back the next day. Our vacation was ruined.”