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Thief that stole from several racetracks, including Daytona, sentenced to 10 years in prison

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A convicted thief who preyed on racers and race tracks, including Daytona International Speedway, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his crimes.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Steven Garry Sanders, 55, of Macon, Georgia, was convicted of committing numerous burglaries and thefts at a variety of tracks throughout the Southeast.

According to officials, Sanders kept a journal that catalogued many of the things he stole, including racing credentials from actor and part-time driver Patrick Dempsey. He also kept several items as keepsakes, including Dempsey’s race credentials for the Rolex 24 at DIS.

Sanders also will serve five years of probation and make restitution of about $15,000 to his crime victims and nearly $10,000 to the Daytona Beach Police Department for the resources it spent investigating crimes Sanders is accused of.

Sanders is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for thefts from a Manatee County (Fla.) race track.

According to the News-Journal story, Sanders committed 13 burglaries at DIS from 2007-2012. Officials said he would primarily steal credit and debit cards and cash.

He faced a sentence of up to 110 years before the 10-year judgment was handed down last Friday in court.

Sanders was caught by a group of fans in March 2012 after breaking into an RV in Gainesville, Fla., at the NHRA Gatornationals drag race. He has been in jail since.

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