Woman accused of stealing guests' vehicles from Aquatica water park

Woman accused of stealing guests' vehicles from Aquatica water park

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando woman is accused of stealing at least three cars from the parking lot of SeaWorld's Aquatica water park.

Investigators said Tashauna Simpson, 18, staked out the beach area of the water park looking for unattended bags. Simpson allegedly stole car keys and credits cards from guests' bags before leaving in their vehicles.

"There's just evil people in this world. I think it's horrible," visitor Barbara Dedman said.

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According to authorities, Simpson, who had applied for a seasonal job at SeaWorld, used the stolen car keys to locate the victims' cars in the parking lot.

Investigators said the most recent case Simpson is accused in happened in March, when she stole an SUV from a Michigan family on vacation. Two days later, officials said the suspect began working for the theme park and showed up for her shift in the stolen vehicle.

"Just think of the hassle, and you live in town, and your car is stolen. Now, you're talking about out of town," visitor Janet Alexander said.

Detectives told Channel 9 they believe Simpson was using the stolen vehicles to commit other crimes like home burglaries and credit card fraud. She's being held at the Orange County Jail on a slew of charges.

SeaWorld released a statement to WFTV about Simpson's case:

"Ensuring the safety of our guests, animals and team members is our highest priority. While we do not discuss employment details for either current or former employees, I can assure you that we took swift and appropriate action in this case."