Police from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware had set up a task force to stop the mysterious rooftop burglars who were targeting businesses in all three states. A stakeout team had been following Taleon for weeks. As they surrounded the building, police say, Keyon two-wayed his brother: "Cops are all over the place!" So much for the code word. The model was yanked from his Passat and handcuffed just after he heard his brother's response: "Oh, shit."

Taleon escaped and resurfaced several hours later at a parking garage where police were waiting—they'd seen him drop off a car there earlier and figured he would try to speed out of the city. Just 50 yards from his ride, Taleon was dragged to the ground by officers. They chained his ankles and wrists.

The Goffney brothers were taken to a district headquarters. Taleon didn't talk during his interrogation; he'd been through this before. Keyon, however, didn't have a rap sheet. He told the police he was a model, explaining that he needed to make it to a big photo shoot. "We don't think that's going to happen," they said.

Gorgeous twins partnering up for Mission: Impossible–style heists may sound like the premise of a Hollywood action thriller, but the Goffney brothers' tale is more the stuff of David Lynch. In the days that followed their arrests, photos and video surfaced showing the siblings engaged in hard-core gay sex, including a three-way with triple-X woodsman Marc Williams, star of such hits as BlackBalled 5.

Aside from good looks and a last name, the twins didn't have much in common. Growing up, Taleon was the well-built jock; skinny Keyon liked French class and sang in Guys and Dolls. But both young men understood the struggle to get by. As late as 2004, when Keyon's modeling career was barely under way, he was still working odd jobs to help pay the bills. For Taleon, who had already done a prison stint for robbery, honest work was apparently hard to find. Taleon's attorneys did not make their client available to comment, but according to Keyon, when Taleon's boss at a fitness center found out he was an ex-con, he got canned. He ended up selling kung fu DVDs at a mall kiosk. Meanwhile, Keyon's job prospects began to change.

One night at a Manhattan dance club, a talent scout for Flava Works, a gay-porn outfit based in Chicago, approached him. No auditions, no casting calls—just a flight out for a few days of work and more money than he would normally earn in a month. Before long he had performed in four hard-core videos, making $500 to $1,000 for each.

Back in Philadelphia, at a club in a district known as the Gayborhood, Keyon met another scout, a freelancer connected with BlackMen.net, a website specializing in "Pure Black Male Beauty." He offered Keyon more money—if he could convince his brother to come along. There weren't many identical twins in "erotic modeling," making the Goffneys a rare and lucrative find. Unlike Keyon, Taleon was straight, but the deal was too good to turn down, and they figured no one they knew would ever see the footage. "You're getting $500, $800 checks," says Keyon. "That's why we did it. We needed the money."