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Pair arrested in ceiling-hiding burglaries

Posted April 5, 2011
Updated April 6, 2011

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— Raleigh police arrested a man Tuesday who they say hid above ceiling tiles in a bar last month in order to steal cash and valuables after employees left for the night.

Danny Thomas Goldston, 24, was charged with two counts burglary and one count each of safecracking and larceny after breaking and entering.

Linda Lafaye Keith, 39, was charged with one count of burglary. 

Goldston was charged in connection with break-ins at The Goat bar, 5111 Western Blvd., on March 14 and March 18. Police said they believe that Keith helped him in the March 14 incident.

Charges have not been filed in connection with a burglary at the nearby Ba-Da Wings restaurant, 161 Avent Ferry Road, on March 18, but police said the investigation is ongoing.

Surveillance video from the The Goat on March 14 shows a woman letting a man into the bar through a side door around 1:30 a.m., police said. The two went into the ladies' restroom, but only the woman came out.

Shortly before daybreak, police said, bartenders still at work heard a loud noise, then a man ran by them. He left the bar and got into a white, four-door vehicle headed toward Raleigh along Western Boulevard.

Nothing was stolen in that incident, but police believe the ceiling-hiding burglar was successful in two later attempts.

Employees opening The Goat discovered a similar burglary on March 20, police said. About $6,000 in cash, a safe, three computers and an iPod were stolen. A cash register, liquor bottles and a video game were damaged.

Goldston was charged with stealing lawn care equipment from a Garner home in 2009. He was convicted of six felonies in that case and served three months in jail, according to state Department of Correction records.

He had seven previous misdemeanor convictions, including assault, breaking and entering, assault on a female and larceny.

DOC records show that Keith was convicted of misdemeanor passing a worthless check in 1997.

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  • jbackus2 Apr 6, 2011

    stupid is as stupid does you think you know a person and they go and do this, i know things are hard out here but to quote the MIZ REALLY!!!!!!

  • ccs1920 Apr 6, 2011

    These two are part of a cycle that none of us will live long enough to see broken. I doubt that it will ever be broken.

  • CharismaticEdge Apr 6, 2011

    Career criminals make a great case for euthanasia. If we can put down innocent animals just to make space, surely we can do the same in overcrowded prisons.

  • bombayrunner Apr 6, 2011

    This is a great story. Glad to get these poor souls off the street. My parents used to tell me stealing is bad, so bad that in other countries they cut a had off if you steal.

    But in this country they put you in jail with your friends to learn how to do it better and feed you 3 meals a day until you're trained enough then you get out and do it so you never get caught again. : )

  • tarheel4life Apr 6, 2011

    "As soon as he gets out I'd bet you he resumes his criminal activities. Three months in jail last time didn't seem to help."

    I admit 3 months seems a little weak in that case, but that doesn't mean he should go to jail for life in this case. You people are crazy, he didn't even assault anyone in this crime!

    "maybe you would think a harsher sentence if it was your home that was broken into. Just wondering?"

    I wouldn't think the man should spend the rest of his life in jail, if that's what you're getting at.

    "I bet if the 6K in cash had belonged to you your attitude would be much different. "

    Nope, wouldn't change it in the least.

    You people really want to send someone to jail for the rest of their life for these charges??? "safecracking and larceny after breaking and entering" It's not like he tried to kill someone. I mean I can at least understand your emotional response when you spew this life sentence stuff against child molesters, but in this case it makes no sense.

  • ZRex Apr 6, 2011

    What fine, upstanding citizens!

  • ListentoMeNow Apr 6, 2011

    Hey tarheel4life, I bet if the 6K in cash had belonged to you your attitude would be much different. Maybe a life sentence would be best. Obviously the current system we have in place isn't working.

  • LuvMyLife Apr 6, 2011

    @ tarheel4life - maybe you would think a harsher sentence if it was your home that was broken into. Just wondering?

  • carrboroyouth Apr 6, 2011

    .. convicted of six felonies in that case
    ...seven previous misdemeanor convictions, including assault, breaking and entering, assault on a female and larceny.

    Sorry Tarheel4life but I don't think this guy is gonna stop unless he is in jail. As soon as he gets out I'd bet you he resumes his criminal activities. Three months in jail last time didn't seem to help.

  • tarheel4life Apr 6, 2011

    I see the GOLO crazies are keeping up the good work [/sarcasm].

    LOCK HIM UP FOR LIFE!!!!!

    Come on people. Be real. This man's crimes do not warrant a life sentence.

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