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Pair arrested in ceiling-hiding burglaries

Posted April 5, 2011 9:38 p.m. EDT
Updated April 6, 2011 10:51 a.m. EDT

— 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.