Man Arrested for Haphazard Harry Potter Merchandise Shoplifting Spree at Universal Studios Florida

Police said a New Jersey man stole from a Universal Studios Florida gift shop last month.

And he stole.

And he stole.

And he stole.

And he stole …

You get the idea.

Ryan Walsh, 31, of Sewell, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony, according to court records.


The incident unfolded Dec. 6 as a Universal loss prevention officer watched Walsh approach a Harry Potter Christmas ornament display and take four ornaments, one representing each Hogwarts house, and hide them in his right hand, the Orlando Police Department arrest affidavit said.

Walsh left the ornament display and stuck the ornaments in the large Universal Studios merchandise bag he already had, the report said, before returning to the ornaments to steal another set.

Then Walsh headed to the display selling phone cases and put a Death Eaters and a Ravenclaw phone case in his bag. Following that, Walsh went back to the Christmas ornaments and put more in his bag, police said.

Next, Walsh moved to the Harry Potter-themed socks and stuck several pairs in his bag. Walsh returned to the Christmas ornaments display for a fourth time and stole more ornaments. before walking to the scrapbook display and concealing a Harry Potter scrapbook under his arm.

Lastly, he seized a Harry Potter throw blanket from the shelf and left the Universal Studios Store without paying, the report said. Exiting out the doors which face Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Mayhem, Universal’s security quickly stopped him and escorted him back for questioning.

Walsh admitted he stole the Wizarding World of Harry Potter merchandise, which cumulatively cost $827, from the store, the report said. He also admitted he had stolen other items from the park.

Walsh was taken to jail and is scheduled to be arraigned January 18 in Orange County Circuit Court, according to court records which do not show an attorney listed for Walsh.

Walsh could not be reached for comment.

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  1. If he had thought this out, he could have traveled to California and done all this. They don’t care out there, nothing would have happened to him as they don’t believe in crime unless someone dies.

  2. Well, too bad for him he committed the crime at Universal Studios Orlando and not Hollywood. If it would have been out in California it’s likely he’d not even have been arrested (shoplifting under $950 in CA is a misdemeanor and progressive persecutors won’t even bring charges even if an arrest is made). In Florida he may go to prison as it’s a felony, as the article started, but he will at least serve some significant time behind bars.

  3. No mention that how disgusting it is that 16 ornaments, a blanket, 2 phone cases,
    a scrap book and 3 pairs of socks cost $827.00. Disney should be arrested for stealing millions from stupid parents paying so much for kids that cry they need something.

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