Hello, I had tenants I had to evict some tenants from a property. That property was both residential and commercial. It contained a defunct restaurant and two residential units. My self, family members and a contractor friend were renovating the restaurant. The tenants became physically threatening to anyone who came on the property during the eviction process. The city police were called on several occasions because tenants threatened workers or even those sent to pick up the mail. It took 4 months to get tenants (a woman, her two grown sons, two girlfriends and various others) off the property. During that time we halted renovation. After they left, before the Sheriff lockout, it was discovered they had stolen various appliances, tools and building supplies. Some belonging to me some to my contractor. They left a few days before the Sheriff lock-out was to occur taking with them everything that wasn't nailed down (refrigerators, appliances, building supplies, whatever tools were still on site and locked inside the restaurant which they broke into). A different local contractor had his utility trailer stolen during their move. Several witnesses observed a tailor matching it's unique description on the property and tenants using it in the move. We only found out about trailer theft
later because this contractor had put-up reward signs for the return of his trailer.
We thought these tenants had left the area and would be untraceable but they are back in town and belligerent. At the very least I want to take them to small claims court
. I have lost much more than $10k in the eviction and stolen items. My contractor has lost thousands in tools and supplies. The other contractor whose stolen trailer was on property has witnesses that saw his trailer on property. We have all been in contact with city police and they have done nothing but tell us what they cannot do.
How do I track these people down and see that they receive some kind of justice
? Hire a Private Investigator and spend more money to find out their address so we can pursue them in small claims? Or do we seek something from law enforcement and DA. Seems like they are not interested at all?