Stolen couch still a mystery
MANY sightings of the Murwillumbah Regent Cinema's notorious stolen red couch have been reported.
An unidentified airport's security camera system even captured it (pictured) as part of a flash mob.
The Regent's manager Deborah Flannery admitted the picture was actually a creation by her sister Erin who is a graphic designer.
Ms Flannery said despite the serious nature of any theft, many joke sightings had been reported that kept with the light-hearted reaction to the incident.
"We still haven't received a definite idea of its location," she said.
"We might need a replacement."
She was delayed on the night of the incident, March 9 at about 8pm, as she awaited her Japanese dish across the road from the cinema.
It was then the culprit or culprits pounced and removed the red, retro, vinyl, three-seater, heavy wooden framed couch from the cinema's foyer.
The couch was only bought from the Salvation Army in November last year and its theft created a mystery of relaxed proportions around town.
"So many people saw the article," Ms Flannery said.
"It was actually really quite interesting, as quite a few were from our older clientele.
"(They were) ladies in their 50s and 60s with iPads; up-to-date with technology."
Ms Flannery said the $35 second-hand lounge was "more sentimental than worth a lot".
"We would like it back," she said.
"It would be lovely if it was returned and there would be no questions asked, and we might even give away a double pass.
"But at the same time if the people who took it have photos of the couch in a nice spot, then they can send them in."
She said the three-seater had gathered some fame during its occupation of the cinema's foyer, which led to the light-hearted outrage in response to its disappearance.
"We've never had something stolen like this before," Ms Flannery said.