Last month, a 40-year-old woman from London, England was arrested for “stealing theme park admission” to a Universal Orlando theme park.
Mary Anderson has been charged with Grand Theft, a felony in the third degree after she was accused of not paying for theme park tickets worth nearly $1,000 for herself and her children when they ran through the turnstiles in December.
On the 18th December, a detective, who was working an extra duty assignment at the theme park, said that Universal security made him aware “that earlier in the day, a group of adults and juveniles had run through the entrance turnstiles without purchasing tickets. The security manager stated that Universal Studios wished to prosecute the adults in the group and trespass them, but that they only wanted to trespass the juveniles,” the arrest affidavit states.
Universal security officers had located three children “in the group” at the entrance to Jurassic World VelociCoaster in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
The detective viewed the surveillance video that “showed each of the three subjects proceed through the turnstiles without having their tickets scanned by employees. They appear to be accompanied by a woman pushing a stroller, another woman wearing a red dress, a man, and a small girl wearing teal shorts, all of whom security advised did not purchase tickets,” the arrest affidavit said.
“Security officers were able to find the video footage of a female pushing [a] stroller with a woman in a red dress. These individuals are seen pushing through the turnstiles without having their tickets scanned. They are seen being stopped by an employee briefly, and then [proceeded] through the park,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Universal security took a screenshot of the female pushing the stellar and questioned the three children, showing them the screenshot. The children identified the woman in the screenshot as their mother, Mary Anderson.
Anderson turned up at the theme park security office, and the detective read her the Miranda rights.
“Ms. Anderson stated her children came to Universal on the [18th December] with another person, and she had been at a party all day”, the arrest affidavit stated.
According to the arrest affidavit, “it is reasonable to believe that the children were seen under the direction of their mother.”
According to Orange County Circuit Court records, Anderson does not have an attorney at this time.
PLEASE NOTE: Names of officials involved have been excluded. However, the detective invovled works for Orlando Police.
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