Cops: Man Swaps Furniture While Neighbors Are Gone In his defense, they did have better stuff By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Dec 5, 2014 4:17 PM CST 11 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A Washington state man is accused of swapping furniture with his neighbors while they were away. The News Tribune reports that the Lakewood man and a friend accused of helping him have pleaded not guilty to charges of residential burglary. Court papers say a couple who returned to their apartment Monday found their love seat, matching chair, and other belongings gone. A recliner and TV stand were left in their place. Columbo wasn't needed: Information on a traffic ticket and pizza receipt left behind pointed to the neighbor. The man told police he thought the couple had moved, and admits he was a little drunk when he decided to switch furniture.