Despite "4 to 6 people" being required to lift the Dumbo vehicle, no one was ever arrested for the crime.
The Buzzy theft at Walt Disney World remains unsolved, two and a half years after the animatronic was stolen.
In an interview with The Orlando Sentinel, the man charged with stealing and selling items from Disney World denied stealing the Buzzy animatronic.
Spikes had been charged with five felony counts, including dealing in stolen property and grand theft, but prosecutors abandoned all but the stolen property count, to which Spikes pleaded no contest.
Scheduled to begin Jan. 21, the trial is now listed as cancelled on the Orange County Clerk of Courts website. The only upcoming proceeding in the case is a plea hearing scheduled for Feb. 4.
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Responding to a public records request from Orlando Rising, police released the original Nov. 2018 report on the theft of Buzzy, the animatronic star of Epcot's shuttered "Cranium Command" show.
According to police records obtained by Sentinel, Lopez was in possession of clothes taken off Buzzy, the animatronic star of the long-shuttered Cranium Command attraction at Epcot.
Newly-released video shows Orange County detectives asking alleged Disney World thief Patrick Spikes about the Buzzy theft.