Corrections officer faces grand theft charges

Corrections officer faces grand theft charges

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A corrections officer who works part time as a security guard at Daytona International Speedway is facing grand theft charges. 

Shannon Wiggins, 44, was arrested for allegedly stealing merchandise and selling it over the Internet.

"He was in possession of a large amount of merchandise from the Daytona International Speedway," said Detective David Dinardi.  "Merchandise memorabilia from the Daytona 500, all the NASCAR races ... hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts."

In all, more than $100,000 worth of items were taken from the Daytona Beach attraction, according to investigators.

"He does work part time out there as security during the special events, so that kind of made it a little easier for him," Dinardi said. 

Not only was Wiggins a security guard, but he was also a high-ranking corrections officer with the State of Florida.

"He is a major with the Department of Corrections and works at the Tomoka Correctional Facility," said Dinardi.

Prison officials said Wiggins is currently on leave.  He has been paid for time he already earned.

"I'm disappointed any time anyone does it, I don't think their position makes it any worse," Dinardi added.

He said a friend of Wiggins, who also works at the prison, was helping him sell the items on eBay.  That person has not been arrested, but officers are still investigating.

"He's saying he didn't know what was going on, that he trusted Shannon, that he's worked with him and been friends with him for years," said Dinardi.

Investigators got a break in the case when someone tried to activate a piece of stolen equipment. Through a serial number, they could tell that the item had been stolen in Daytona Beach in 2012.

"It's called a fan vision scanner.  It's a little hand-held device that you go to the tracks and have it programmed and listen to the different pit crews that go to the races," said Dinardi.

Detectives said they tracked the goods back to Wiggins and found merchandise in his home. While Wiggins told police that he received the items through an auction, Dinardi disagrees.

"Spoke to someone at the Speedway and they said they don't auction off new merchandise like that," he said.

Police are now trying to figure out how to retrieve the stolen items that have already been sold.


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