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Sometimes plans don't quite work out as intended. Take a look at some would-be criminals who could have used a practice run or two.
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NASCAR & Auto Racing

Men with military-style guns arrested for break-in at NASCAR Hall of Famer’s home

January 02, 2018 11:22 AM

Three men who broke into NASCAR Hall of Famer and team owner Richard Childress’ home last month have been arrested, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

Niquan Victorin, 20, Chantz Hines, 18, and Armeka Spinks, 18, were arrested Friday for their involvement in the robbery at Childress’ North Carolina home in Clemmons on Dec. 17. All three have been charged with one count of first-degree trespassing and one count of attempted first-degree burglary.

They are being held under a $250,000 secured bond at the Davidson County Detention Center.

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The Davidson County Sheriff's Office released surveillance photos of would-be burglars at the home of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress.
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Childress, 72, said earlier that around 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, he was upstairs in his home and heard glass breaking downstairs. He then grabbed his handgun and went downstairs, firing shots at the three intruders. The would-be robbers were armed with military-style guns.

Investigators have since learned that those guns had been reported stolen to the Winston-Salem police on Dec. 15.

“The only reason (Childress) and his wife were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment,” Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said.

A marked Opa-locka police car was broken into early Tuesday morning and items including a rifle, police vest, Taser and ammunition were taken. The thief was caught on video.

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Childress is a second vice president of the National Rifle Association.

Under North Carolina law, namely the new Castle Doctrine, homeowners are permitted to use deadly force if they have reason to believe unlawful and forced entry occurred.

Los Angeles Police are searching for a man who was caught on camera breaking into homes in Studio City between November 28 and December 3, wearing a Santa hat and scarf.

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Brendan Marks: 704-358-5889, @brendanrmarks