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Racetrack wallet thefts caught!

This guy has been hitting racetracks around the country for years. He got my wallet and others at VIR and also hit tracks as far away as Road America. He targets a race group and locates thier paddock spots. When that group goes out he goes in all the trailers and steals the wallets from your street clothes.

Gainesville, FL -- A Georgia man who police report is suspected in race trailer burglaries over the past several years at Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta has been arrested after being caught sneaking into an RV at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL last week.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Gainesville police charged Steven Garry Sanders, 51, of Macon, GA with burglary after victims at the Gainesville track allegedly caught him in the act. "He was subdued in the pits by some of the fans and spectators and had to be taken to the hospital and treated" before he was booked into jail, Alachua County sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey told the Gainesville Sun. Forgey added, "Somebody at the track told us that they have had this problem before at the events, of people going into motor homes and taking stuff." According to the police report, Sanders had his victim's wallet, credit cards, ID and cash in his pocket when arrested.

Daytona Beach investigators told the paper they believe Sanders is the same man who stole a number of wallets from Daytona International Speedway race trailers during events over the last three years and fraudulently purchased items at area big-box stores including Publix, Dillards and Walmart, where surveillance video reportedly showed Sanders buying gift cards, bottled water and beer. A race fan tape-recorded Sanders as he allegedly stole from a nearby RV and still had his camera running when Sanders came into his vehicle next, Forgey said.

Daytona Beach police Sgt. Mike Griffin told the News-Journal that the suspect's preference was the road course races such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, because they make it easier for a burglar to get in and out of the motor homes and trailers because racing team crew members are usually locals hired just for that race. "If they saw him standing around one of the trailers (and didn't recognize him) they probably thought he was just one of the crew members," Griffin said. At the 2012 Daytona 24, racer Lance Willsey was one of Sanders' alleged victims; Willsey left his trailer closed, but not locked, and went to the pit area. When he returned, he found his wallet and $800 in it both gone. After reporting his credit cards stolen, police found the surveillance videos showing the suspect using the stolen cards.

Sanders was charged in Gainesville with grand theft, burglary and providing false information to law enforcement, with bond set at $45,000. In addition, a Florida judge signed a warrant to have Sanders brought back to Volusia to face charges in Willsey's case and another 2010 Daytona theft.

According to an e-mail from Historic Sportscar Racing, anyone who's been a theft victim at Road Atlanta can contact the Hall County, GA detective working those cases, Joe Marriotti at 770.531.6879. HSR also reminded "...as always, please do not leave your paddock area unlocked when unattended."
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Glad to see the guys that caught him gave him a tune up before turning him in!

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I heard he accidently fell a couple times on his way to security

I talked with Det. Marrioti today. He said the guys in the paddock worked him over pretty good before they called the cops.

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Holy fuck that guy is ugly.

And pretty dumb to use stollen credit cards.
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gotta love racers...steal from them, and you get the shit beaten out of you.

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Holy fuck that guy is ugly.

And pretty dumb to use stollen credit cards.

Probably pretty smart. Got away with it since at least 2004. Probably got $10 to $20K each time. He went right to the mall and bought gift cards and then used them to buy more gift cards. Got five wallets, a camera the day he got mine. One wallet had $1,100 cash in it. He had $2,400 charged on my cards within 45 minutes. By moving around track to track most thought it was isolated local theft.

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Latest news is they are having a inter jurisdiction meeting this week and the Secret Service is now handleing the case since his crimes crossed many state lines and the dollar amouts involved.

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Update: I emailed the Detective to see what's been happening.


Funny you should be emailing me today. Agent Fultz contacted me yesterday to advise me that Sanders is being offered a plea deal of a minimum 20 years to serve. Florida is trying to get all the surrounding agencies to agree to this deal so the cases can be closed at the different agencies and a guilty verdicts rendered. Once, and if, all the agencies agree, the deal will be presented to he and his Attorney, at which time he would be crazy not to take. Should he refuse, all agencies will have their shot at him and he could end up with a lot longer term. He is still incarcerated and will not be getting out before his trial or plea so I think its fair to say he will be away for awhile.

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KKRace, I hate stealers, I don't see the point of stealing. Glad the rat was caught.

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Update: I emailed the Detective to see what's been happening.


Funny you should be emailing me today. Agent Fultz contacted me yesterday to advise me that Sanders is being offered a plea deal of a minimum 20 years to serve. Florida is trying to get all the surrounding agencies to agree to this deal so the cases can be closed at the different agencies and a guilty verdicts rendered. Once, and if, all the agencies agree, the deal will be presented to he and his Attorney, at which time he would be crazy not to take. Should he refuse, all agencies will have their shot at him and he could end up with a lot longer term. He is still incarcerated and will not be getting out before his trial or plea so I think its fair to say he will be away for awhile.

Um, I like this insider stuff, but the guy now may have cause for an even better deal that you exposed inner workings to the internet before finalization.

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Um, I like this insider stuff, but the guy now may have cause for an even better deal that you exposed inner workings to the internet before finalization.
I did pause a bit before posting this but I figured since he was telling me it wasn't a big secret? He could always turn the deal down and take his chances going to court in multiple states on hundreds of charges since he went all over the country doing this.

I did ask for the guys mailing address in jail so I could send postcards anythime I'm doing something fun and the Det sent it to me and said "that sounds like fun"

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I did pause a bit before posting this but I figured since he was telling me it wasn't a big secret? He could always turn the deal down and take his chances going to court in multiple states on hundreds of charges since he went all over the country doing this.

I did ask for the guys mailing address in jail so I could send postcards anythime I'm doing something fun and the Det sent it to me and said "that sounds like fun"
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