A day at the happiest place on earth was far from magical for Lauren Collazo, whose stroller and personal belongings were stolen on April 15 while she was at Disney World with her family. Her $1,800 Bugaboo stroller was parked in Hollywood Studios while they were all on a ride, along with everyone's wallets, the family car keys, and her niece's EpiPen.
"I was there with no money, stranded," Collazo told ABC Action News. "My husband had to fly over from Miami that same day, catch the first flight available to rescue me and my family." Despite the devastation Collazo faced, thanks to Disney's surveillance videos and a good Samaritan who bought the stroller on Facebook and reported the seller once she saw Collazo's story going viral, Michelle Craig, who stole the stroller, turned herself into the police.
Craig, who used her own daughter as a decoy while stealing Collazo's stroller, brought her loot home and attempted to sell the Bugaboo on Facebook. A mom in Texas, Thalia Rogers, purchased the stroller for $500 from Craig, but soon after saw Collazo's viral Facebook post about her stolen stroller with a screen grab of Disney's surveillance video attached. This prompted Rogers to reach out to the distraught mom. "She's like 'Oh my God, it still has the clips on it, it still has the tie wraps where your name was on it, do you recognize it?' I'm like, 'Absolutely,'" said Collazo.
Unfortunately, the stroller is MIA as of now (and Rogers is out $500), but Collazo says it's not so much the stroller missing that she's upset about; it's that a mother would do this to another mom. "It was the fact that she took it away from me the day that I needed it the most and ruined everybody's day at Disney," Collazo said. "It's time to find a different job and a different hobby that's not stealing from other moms and ruining families' days."