Well. What lawyers typically do when people pay other's back in cash is they use (1) witness testimony and (2) circumstantial evidence that shows that the debts were repaid.
If your daughter kept a log of her payments, that would be good evidence. She could also testify that she repaid him. If she could get bank records, check records, or other account history showing that she had or withdrew cash at certain times, then she could use that to bolster her testimony that she repaid him. If witnesses saw her give him money, that may also help. Testimony that she always paid her debts in cash could help as well. You don't need direct proof to win a case like that, you only have to be able to convince a judge and circumstantial evidence is acceptable.
As far as the breaking into the garage, a report should be filed with the police.
As far as the personal items, a small claims lawsuit could be filed for the monetary value of the items, but the small claims court
wouldn't force him to give the items back in small claims court. The small claims suit could potentially be used as leverage to get him to return the items in exchange for dropping the suit. An ordinary civil suit for a writ of replevin (to return property) could be pursue for the items, but that type of suit can be expensive. There are certainly options.
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