CHARLOTTE _ As crews worked to prepare for Tuesday’s grand opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it appears one security guard overstepped his boundaries. NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director Winston Kelley confirmed on Tuesday that an item had been stolen from one of their off-site storage facilities.

After learning of the breach, the use of the temporary off-site facility was shut down and the search for the culprit was underway. Within two days a security guard confessed to stealing the item, which has yet to be revealed.

“The worst call I had to make was to the lender to tell them somebody had stolen one of their items,” Kelley said. “We discontinued use of that particular location and now nobody has access to anything we have other than our staff. They always have to go through our collection manager registrar. Our exhibit manager can’t just walk in and get something without checking it out. So we’ve got a check and balance system there.

“We had what we felt like a very secure situation, but when the person that is charged with securing it is the perpetrator – as the lender said, you could even have somebody working with Jesus that may be a bad apple – and unfortunately that’s what we had,” Kelley added. “We got the confession and now we’re moving on to taking care of our guests at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and we’re making sure that won’t happen again.”

Little is being revealed at this time, as to protect the person that lent the artifact to the Hall of Fame. Kelley would not go into details about what the item was – simply saying it was not a car – and would not reveal the location of the off-site storage facility.

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