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Cary police reopen Debra Goldman burglary case

Posted October 26, 2012 5:59 p.m. EDT
Updated October 26, 2012 7:33 p.m. EDT

— Police have reopened a 2-year-old burglary case in which Wake County Board of Education member Debra Goldman reported more than $100,000 in cash and property stolen from her Cary home.

Deanna Boone, a spokeswoman for the Town of Cary, said Friday that investigators are looking again after receiving new information, but she would not specify what that information might be.

Goldman, who is running for North Carolina state auditor, called police on June 12, 2010, about $100,000 worth of jewelry, $20,000 in cash and $10,000 in coins being missing from her home, according to a police report.

Calls to her and her attorney, John Austin, were not returned Friday.

Goldman's estranged husband, Steve Goldman, however, said that police contacted him this week about the jewelry.

Although the jewelry was insured, he said, he refused to file a claim – one ring, he said, had a $43,000 policy – because he was suspicious about the alleged theft.

"I purchased about $100,000 of jewelry for her, and she still has about $100,000 worth of jewelry," Steve Goldman said.

But he stopped short of saying nothing had been stolen.

"Maybe someone else bought her jewelry that I didn’t know about," he said.

He said the jewelry is listed in the couple's divorce filings.

Police investigators' notes indicate that there were no signs of forced entry, the house was not ransacked, and other valuables were not taken.

Debra Goldman initially told investigators that her political opponents might have been responsible for the thefts, according to investigators' notes. Days later, she accused fellow school board member Chris Malone.

Cary police questioned Malone but determined Goldman's claim was unfounded. In October, 2010, they closed the case.

Although the police report is public record, case notes are not always included. WRAL News received the report and notes from an anonymous source last week. Police Chief Pat Bazemore has confirmed the authenticity of the report and said she has launched an investigation into how the notes were leaked.

Goldman, who is running for state auditor, has characterized the release of the information as politically motivated and an attempt to "derail" her campaign.

The latest version of the police report shows someone printed a copy of it on May 7, 2012, one day before the primary election in which Goldman was a candidate.

Boone said the report was printed in response to a public records request, but she could not say who requested it. Cary doesn't ask the identity of people who request public records, she said.

She verified that only the public part of the report was printed that day, not the police notes.