***UPDATE Tuesday March 3, 2015***
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, the Boone Police Department received a report of a breaking and entering to the Horn in the West property off Horn in the West Drive. The perpetrators used spray paint to vandalize the property resulting in approximately $3000 in damage. Numerous buildings were entered and damaged.
The Horn in the West has historic and cultural significance for Boone. I know all of us who love Boone are deeply disappointed that someone thought so little of Boone that they would do such a thing. Our investigators did a fantastic job solving this crime. Matthew Ryan Goldstein, an ASU student, has been arrested. We continue to develop evidence and believe others were involved. We will work closely with the District Attorney to ensure that if Goldstein is convicted and found guilty that he will be held accountable for his crimes. We also have information to believe that this person may be responsible for graffiti in other locations in town. We will continue to investigate, and do our best to ensure that all those who were involved are made to take responsibility for their crimes. – Chief Dana Crawford
On March 2, 2015, as a result of the investigation, detectives of the Boone Police Department arrested Matthew Ryan Goldstein, age 18, of Plantation, FL, and charged him with one count of Felony Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, one count of Misdemeanor Damage to Real Property and one count of Misdemeanor Defacing a Public Building. Mr. Goldstein, a freshman at Appalachian State University, was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, where he was assigned a court date of April 28, 2015, and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.
The Boone Police Department would like to thank the Appalachian State University Police Department and High Country Crime Stoppers for their assistance in this investigation.
High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, the Boone Police Department received a report of a breaking and entering to the Horn In the West property off Horn in the West Drive. The perpetrators used spray paint to vandalize the property resulting in approximately $3000 in damage. Numerous buildings were entered and damaged. The damage was done sometime between February 1, 2015, and February 28, 2015. Crime Stoppers is offering a minimum $100 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the perpetrators.
Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.
High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.