Former Speedway employee charged with theft of $100K in NASCAR merchandise



VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A former security supervisor at the Daytona International Speedway is facing charges.

Shannon Wiggins is accused of stealing $100,000 worth of NASCAR merchandise and then selling it.

The merchandise was found in Wiggins' home.

Racing memorabilia, everything from hats to die cast race cars sold on eBay, are now being traced to a series of burglaries at the Daytona International Speedway.

"Several of them occurred in 2012, there was a couple in 2013 and just a lot of merchandise was stolen," Detective David Dinardi with the Daytona Beach Police Department said.

Detectives found much of that merchandise with Wiggins. He was a security supervisor at the Speedway during the time of those burglaries.

Detectives first met a business associate of Wiggins who they say sold stolen Fanvision controllers to a couple of race fans. They tried to use them at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, according to police.

"They went to have them programmed and they were told they were reported stolen from Daytona in February of 2012," Dinardi said.

Police say they searched the home of Wiggins' associate and found stolen NASCAR goods. He told them he had a deal with Wiggins, who told him he got all the merchandise from auctions at the Speedway, according to police.

Investigators say those auctions didn't occur.

"Mr. Wiggins approached him, said he had all this merchandise and if he would enter into a partnership with him on selling the stuff on eBay ... he would get a 40-percent cut," Dinardi said.

Wiggins associate has not been charged. So far, Wiggins is not talking to detectives, they say. He is charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property.