Consumer Protection Law
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While your car is in the care of the shop it is their responsibility, as the bailee, to make sure it is secure. In fact, they should have insurance for that sort of peril.
If they refuse to repair the damage and compensate you for any items stolen then you can file suit against them.
If the claim does not exceed $6000 you can file in small claims court. Small claims court is designed to be "user friendly" so that you can present a claim without an attorney. Also, it moves much more quickly than regular court. You can get the necessary forms to start from the clerk of the court.
The shop owner SHOULD make a report, but if they will not then you must do so.
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