California 18-Year-Old Busted For Breaking Into Disneyland After Dark
He hopped the fence and went inside Disney's California Adventure.
A California man was arrested for breaking into Disneyland while it was shut down this Sunday. Anaheim police took the 18-year-old into custody after they found him jumping over one of the park's back gates. Jeremiah Smith was cited for trespassing and has been released.
The suspect's motive may have been to steal items from the construction site, said police.
Disneyland security saw Smith jump the fence and called the Anaheim Police Department to the site.
Smith was found inside the Disney California Adventure Park around 11 p.m. at one of the building sites near the Guardians of the Galaxy ride.
Sergeant Shane Carringer told Narcity that a thorough search of the remaining area was conducted and no remaining suspects were found.
Disneyland has been temporarily closed since March 12 for protective measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With parks closed, Disney began its furlough process for employees on April 19.
The company told ABC News, "Over the last few weeks, mandatory decrees from government officials have shut down a majority of our businesses." They did not disclose how many of their employees would be furloughed.
Disneyland's shutdown came shortly before California's Governor Gavin Newsom introduced the state's stay-at-home order on March 19, 2020.
When deciding to halt operations, the amusement park giant said in a press release, "In the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park, and Disneyland California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 and through the end of the month."
As of April 20, the Southern California theme park has yet to reopen. Newsom recently announced that he does not know when the state's stay-at-home order will be lifted.
He is currently coordinating a western pact with the governors of Oregon and Washington to plan the reopening of California's economy.