Thieves grab beer, cash from Volusia County racetrack

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —

Some thieves are on the run with beer and a big stack of cash and merchandise from one of Volusia County's race tracks.

Officials from Volusia Speedway Park, a half-mile auto-racing track in De Leon Springs, told Channel 9's Blaine Tolison that break-ins are rare at the track, so they have no surveillance video of the thefts.

Officials said they make just enough money to keep the track running. They said thieves are taking what little they have.

There's not much outside of heavy rain that will stop a race at the speedway. But Doug Kagey, who leases the track, said a group of thieves are making business harder.

"But (investigators) fingerprinted everything and everything they can do, you know?" said Kagey.

Kagey said the thieve broke into his offices and the concession stand, where he said they stole thousands in cash, merchandise and more than a dozen cases of beer.

"The bar was open, where they had come in the front of it and took 17 cases of beer. So it must have been a good party," said Kagey.

Kagey said he even found that the thieves drank beer at the track before fleeing.

The damage they caused to doors and locks will also cost the track. But Kagey said they will make due and you can still count on races here this weekend.

Kagey said the speedway will be taking extra measures to protect itself. It won't leave money on the premises and better locks will be installed.