Men arrested after selling stolen floors on Facebook

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August 6 – Two Morgantown men are charged with receiving or transferring stolen property after allegedly in possession of approximately $9,000 worth of stolen vinyl plank floors.

Monongalia County Sheriff’s Officers were originally called to a home under construction in a development in the Snake Hill Road/Ed Dunn Road area of ​​Morgantown on July 7, after the contractor noticed the floor missing at the construction site that morning.

According to the indictment, the homeowner told officers she had seen the same type of floor on Facebook Marketplace that morning by an individual named Marion Efaw.

Deputies searched their system and found Marion Robert Efaw II, 24, of Morgantown, who had a capias warrant for driving while his license was revoked for drink-driving. Efaw’s address was on Dunn Cemetery Road, close to the address whose floor was stolen.

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On July 15, the complaint said that Efaw had contacted the builder of the house via Facebook messenger and told them where the floor was and that another man named “Raymond Murray was responsible for it”.

Efaw provided an address for Raymond Murray, which police said was the same address on Dunn Cemetery Road that was registered for Efaw. He also said he only took pictures of the floor and posted them to the Facebook Marketplace for Murray.

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The photos allegedly taken by Efaw were in a storage building with a motorcycle in the background, the complaint said.

On July 16, officers searched the premises surrounding Efaw and Murray’s home and found the building and motorcycle that matched the photo.

Officers found “about 45 planks of vinyl floor under Murray’s bed,” according to the complaint, “and also found Mr. Murray hiding in a closet in an adjacent room.”

Murray told the officers that he was hiding in the closet because he had search warrants and that he had bought the floor from Efaw and planned to put it in the hallway of the house. He admitted that he knew it had been stolen and that it had been moved from the building to the residence.

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Murray was charged with receiving or transferring stolen property on July 16 and was released on $10,000 bail.

According to the indictment, Efaw turned himself in on the evening of July 16 and was also charged with receiving or transferring stolen goods. He was arraigned on August 4 and bail was set at $50,000. He is being held in the North Central Regional Jail.

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