- The now-famous luxury blue leather couch that went viral during looting has reportedly been recovered just metres from where it was stolen
- SAPS members say the sofa was retrieved over the weekend and had sustained some damage
- No arrests have been made in the case yet but the photos have gained notoriety
The owners of a Durban furniture store can certainly breathe a sigh of relief after their now-famous R68 000 blue leather lounge suite was recovered.
According to an SAPS member, the blue sofa was tracked down to an informal community in Quarry Road, just minutes away from the luxury sofa retailer.
The anonymous police source said the sofa had been recovered over the weekend and had sustained some noticeable damage, IOL reports. No formal arrests have been made in the case yet.
The couch, which retails at R67,999, gained notoriety on social media after it was photographed at an informal settlement just hours after being looted from a Springfield showroom during the unrest, The South African reports.
In an update on this story, it's reported store owners have made their way to Sydenham Police Station on Tuesday morning to identify whether or not the sofa really is their stolen property.
Owner of Leather Gallery, Terry Parry had been made aware of the sofa's retrieval and shared these interesting comments with TimesLIVE:
“We will go to the police to see if it is indeed ours. Only we can identify if it really is ours.
“I don’t know what happens if we identify it as ours. I don’t know the procedure on whether we are allowed to take it back,” she added.
R68k blue couch: Luxury leather couch "mystery", Mzansi knows where it is
In related news, Briefly News previously reported that the now-famous blue leather couch has become the subject of discussion again. The couch featured in a meme during the violent protests in which looting was rampant.
It is an open secret where the couch is; according to SowetanLIVE, the San Pablo Corner Sofa valued at R67,999 is alleged located in an informal settlement near Quarry Road, Durban.
The store from where the couch was stolen in Springfield, Leather Gallery, made an appeal online for information about the whereabouts of the luxury leather couch that boasts “elegantly sloped armrests and supportive headrests”.
Social media users responded to the call for help
"Apparently, allegedly, the lady who now owns the sofa has a snake, the SAPS and SNDF are scared to go to her #ColdFront #JacobZuma #Loadshedding #Panicbuying"
"The Leather Gallery are searching for their Saint Pablo couch "
"This is at Palmiet Road informal settlement in Reservoir Hills M19, it's there in the shack next to the tuckshop."
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Source: Briefly News