Raleigh police search for burglary suspects

Police are working to identify two suspects, caught on tape, stealing from two restaurants.

March 26, 2011 3:34:39 PM PDT
Raleigh Police Department detectives are working to identify two burglary suspects seen in surveillance photos. Police believe the male suspect is responsible for two burglaries and one attempted burglary that were committed after he hid in ceilings until after business closed.

The female suspect is believed to have been an accomplice in at least one of the cases.

The first attempted burglary happened on March 14th at The Goat Bar, located in the 5000 block of Western Boulevard.

Detectives say at around 1:30 a.m., the female is seen admitting the male suspect to the business through a side door. Both then enter the women's restroom. The female leaves the restroom a short time later, but the male is not seen again.

Employee of the business remained inside long after the bar closed. After daybreak, the employees heard a noise, and a short time later the male suspect ran by them and exited the bar.

He was seen getting into a white four-door vehicle that subsequently headed into Raleigh on Western Boulevard. Nothing was taken during the incident, and it is believed that the suspect decided to flee empty-handed after deciding that the employees intended to stay at the business.

Police say four days later on March 18th, a successful burglary occurred at Ba-Da Wings restaurant, located in the 2000 block of Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh.

Officers say the owner arrived at the bar around 11 a.m. and found that a number of items had been stolen or damaged.

Stolen items included cash, flat screen TVs, liquor and a computer that stored surveillance video; damaged items included a jukebox, a computer touch screen game, a phone card machine and an ATM.

The most recent burglary happened on March 20th at The Goat Bar in the 5000 block of Western Boulevard. The suspects had already attempted to steal from this location earlier in the month.

Investigators say the crime was discovered when an employee arrived to prepare the establishment for opening. Stolen items included cash, an iPod, a computer, a safe and two laptop computers; damaged items included a cash register, liquor and a video game.

Anyone who believes they recognize either of the suspects or have other information that might assist detectives in the investigation of the case is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at (919) 834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve cases.

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