The Disney Springs Speedway had more than $2,000 stolen when an overnight employee was apparently tricked by a fraudster posing as a company leader into putting money from the store’s safe into a digital currency ATM, where the money was stolen, according to a new sheriff’s report describing the bizarre grand theft case.
On October 30, a store employee named Erick was working the overnight shift when he got a call at 3:00 a.m. from somebody claiming to be his boss’ boss, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s incident report that was released this month.
The person on the phone sounded urgent. There was a FedEx rush delivery and an upcoming Fire Marshall inspection, the voice said, and Erick, 30, wrote down invoice numbers and tracking numbers on a note that law enforcement found later.
The voice also instructed Erick “to send a picture of the fire extinguisher to make sure it was still valid. … then asked for (pictures) of the safe and all the money in the safe. Erick sent the pictures,” the sheriff’s report said.
Then the voice on the phone wanted money. Again, this was an emergency for the Speedway company, the voice insisted.
“Erick first attempted to use his own Partners Federal Union credit card to pay towards the Mexican bank account. Erick’s transactions were unable to be processed because his bank canceled his request. The suspect then tells Erick that he needs to leave the store and go towards the nearest Bitstop,” the sheriff’s…