Burglary of NASCAR collection investigated

By Larry Stanford

June 13, 2014

A Senoia woman says several thousand dollars worth of NASCAR memorabilia has been stolen out of a home on Waymanville Road. Upson County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Salter met with the woman on May 27. According to his report, she told him she had stopped living at the Waymanville Road address two months ago, but still had most of her belongings there.

When she stopped by the house, she found the back door open. Once she went inside, she found most of her NASCAR collectibles gone. She said she had over 30 die cast cars of different drivers, but more of Dale Earnhart, Jr., shot glasses, NASCAR driver pillows, and NASCAR 18-wheel haulers. She valued her collection at $5,000. Two specific items taken from the living room were a metal gas can similar to those used in NASCAR to refuel cars, and a collectible moonshine still where you poured liquid in and watched it move through each stage of the process. Those items were valued at $50 each.

The victim said the thieves also stole 20 baking kits used to make cupcakes, muffins, etc. At $30 each, that is a value of $600. Approximately a $1,000 worth of jewelry – rings, necklaces and earrings – were also missing. A report was taken and the case turned over to investigators.

In a separate incident, a Thomaston woman reported that more than $1,550 worth of items were stolen from a recreational vehicle parked in her yard. On May 31, Deputy James Ragsdale responded to a theft call at a home on Basin Creek Road. There the owner said someone had tampered with her motor home and taken things from it. She could not say what was taken immediately, but provided a list on June 1. Listed among the items taken were figurines, power tools, and household items. The case has been turned over to investigators.