Cary police again end investigation at Debra Goldman's home

khui@newsobserver.comDecember 4, 2012 

— Police have closed the investigation they had reopened into the burglary that Wake County school board member Debra Goldman had reported at her home in 2010 without making any arrests.

Cary Police Capt. Don Hamilton said Tuesday that the case has been closed again after exhausting all leads. Recently leaked details about the investigation, including how Goldman had implicated fellow Republican board member Chris Malone as a potential suspect, had rocked the state’s political landscape leading up to last month’s elections.

Goldman, who was a candidate this year for state auditor, called police June 12, 2010 and told investigators that nearly $130,000 in jewelry, cash and silver coins were missing from the Cary home that she shared with her husband, Steven.

Police called Goldman on Oct. 4, 2010 to say that the case was being closed.

The case drifted from public attention until The News & Observer received a copy of the police narrative report from an unknown source on Oct. 18. The narrative report is not normally public information.

That report stated Goldman had implicated Malone as a suspect in the burglary and said she had rebuffed his romantic advances.

Both Goldman and Malone are married. Goldman is now seeking a divorce.

The report showed that Malone was cleared of any involvement in the burglary. But the report also shows that Malone told investigators in 2010 that he had recently ended a heated physical relationship with Goldman.

The report also included statements Goldman made about keeping $20,000 at home because she was worried about a terrorist attack making it hard to withdraw money from her bank.

Controversy has swirled around the case since The News & Observer reported Oct. 21 on the details in the police narrative.

Soon after the media reports, Cary police announced the investigation was being reopened, but did not say why.

Goldman lost her bid to become state auditor. Malone narrowly won the state House 35 race.

Last week, Malone issued a written statement in which he issued a “heartfelt apology” to those who he had “disappointed.” He didn’t mention Goldman by name.

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