A homeowner scanned social media recently and to her surprise, she recognized her missing sofa on the screen.
The victim had earlier reported to police that she had vacated her West Monroe home after the last flood. However, after checking back she noticed that a sectional sofa had been stolen from the house.
Months later, she saw a social media posting of a sofa that looked very similar to hers. She contacted the person who posted the sofa on social media who gave her the information about her purchase of the sofa. She was also shown photographs of the sofa and the house where she purchased it, which the victim confirmed was hers.
The purchaser identified the person she bought the sofa from as Cantrell Ellis.
Ellis, of 405 Black Street in West Monroe, was contacted and admitted that he went into the house and took the sofa without permission. He stated that he thought the house and the items inside had been abandoned.
Unfortunately, the owner couldn’t get the sofa back because she had already sold it and couldn’t remember who she sold it to.
Ellis was charged with simple burglary.