Aug. 6 – Two Morgantown men are charged with receiving or transferring stolen property after allegedly being in possession of approximately $9,000 worth of stolen vinyl flooring.
Monongalia County Sheriff’s Deputies were initially 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 flooring was missing then that he was there that morning.
According to the criminal complaint, the homeowner told deputies she saw the same type of flooring listed on Facebook Marketplace that morning by someone named Marion Efaw.
Deputies searched their system and found Marion Robert Efaw II, 24, of Morgantown, who had a capias warrant for driving while her license was revoked for impaired driving. The address given by Efaw was on Dunn Cemetery Road, which is close to the address from which the soil was stolen.
On July 15, according to the complaint, Efaw contacted the builder of the house via Facebook Messenger and informed him of the location of the soil and that another man named “Raymond Murray was responsible for it”.
Efaw provided an address for Raymond Murray, which law enforcement found to be the same Dunn Cemetery Road address recorded for Efaw. He also said he only took photos of the floor and posted them on Facebook Marketplace for Murray.
The photos allegedly taken by Efaw were inside a storage building with a motorcycle in the background, according to the complaint.
On July 16, deputies searched the premises surrounding Efaw and Murray’s residence and found the building and motorbike matching the photo.
Deputies found “approximately 45 planks of the vinyl flooring under Murray’s bed”, according to the complaint, “and also found Mr. Murray hiding in a closet in an adjacent room”.
Murray told deputies he was hiding in the closet because he had warrants and had purchased the flooring from Efaw and intended to lay it in the hallway of the residence. He admitted that he knew he had been robbed and had been moved from the apartment building to the residence.
Murray was charged with receiving or transferring stolen property on July 16 and was released on $10,000 bond.
According to the complaint, Efaw surrendered on the evening of July 16 and was also charged with receiving or transferring stolen property. He was arraigned on August 4 and bail was set at $50,000. He is being held at the Center-North Regional Prison.