Routine traffic stop yields $13,000 in stolen Disneyland merchandise

Hundreds of pins and other items worth 3,000 that the California Highway Patrol said were stolen from Disney are displayed in the CHP's Mojave office. The merchandise was recovered during a stop for a traffic violation, the CHP said. (Courtesy of CHP)

Hundreds of pins and other items worth 3,000 that the California Highway Patrol said were stolen from Disney are displayed in the CHP’s Mojave office. The merchandise was recovered during a stop for a traffic violation, the CHP said. (Courtesy of CHP)
By Brian Rokos | [email protected] | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: March 9, 2019 at 11:51 am | UPDATED: March 11, 2019 at 7:08 am
One row after another of pins and other colorful Disney merchandise filled a long wooden table at the California Highway Patrol’s Mojave office, and all of it — hundreds of items worth a whopping $13,000 — was stolen, the agency said.

It wasn’t immediately clear Saturday where the pins were stolen from or whether they were taken all at once. A Disney spokeswoman was researching the details. The price of pins at the Disneyland Resort typically ranges from $9.99 to $14.99.

The recovery happened about 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, and it began with a routine traffic stop.

A CHP officer in the Kern County city of Rosamond pulled over a Nissan Sentra after the driver failed to stop when approaching a parked school bus with lights flashing and a stop sign displayed, according to a CHP Facebook post. The officer learned that the driver’s license was suspended. The officer then found what the CHP said was merchandise stolen from Disneyland “along with other illegal paraphernalia.

The driver, whose name was not publicly disclosed, was booked into Kern County jail.

The CHP contacted Disneyland security and made arrangements to return the property.

“Disneyland can now return to being the happiest place on Earth. Well, maybe second happiest, because the CHP Academy is the happiest place on Earth!” the post added.

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