Text messages and Facebook messages led to the arrest of a Minden man for reportedly stealing a television and a cell phone.
Minden Police Det. Lt. Keith King Jr. says on Tuesday, May 17, a 55-inch television and a cell phone were stolen from a Homer Road address.
“On that date, the victim went to work around 4 p.m., came home around midnight and noticed her TV was missing,” he said. “She talked to the neighbors to see if she could find out what they saw. One of the neighbors confronted her and the suspect saying she saw the suspect at her back door that night.”
King says he got the case the next day, and by that Friday, May 20, the victim showed up at police headquarters with the suspect, identified as William Soloman, 27, of the 900 block of Homer Road.
“I interviewed him, and he tried to put it off on someone else,” he said.
King says one witness saw him picking at the victim’s back door knob. Then around 6 p.m., Soloman went to another neighbor’s house to try to sell a 55-inch television, he said. King says the neighbor was wary of the circumstances surrounding the TV, so he did not purchase it.
“The next day, he texted someone wanting that person to buy this 55-inch television,” King said. “He also annotates there was a cell phone in there he wanted to sell too. That person confronted the victim on Facebook asking her if she was missing a TV. She’d already put it on Facebook.”
When she replied that she was missing a television, the person who contacted her reportedly told her that Soloman was trying to sell him the TV and a cell phone that matched the description of the one she was missing.
King says Soloman was placed under arrest for simple burglary and two warrants, one for no seat belt and the other for driving under suspension.
As of press time, the television and cell phone have not been recovered, King said.