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I met him through a student (boat engines etc..). He has been servicing the boat for about 3 years the same way ie he takes the boat and brings it back running perfectly. So I gave him my property without a contract. This time he got the boat in february 2013 (he was arrested January 2013; became a felon 5-01-2013, now on probation). He kept disappearing and I (maybe by MAy-peak boating season) began asking for the boat but he kept saying he would finish and bring it back. July 4th weekend became the new deadline and it came and went. Since then Ive been heating up the contacts and demands to have the boat back. At thispoint he is stonewalling it seems
I'm confused.I asked the local police and they said they would not get involved in a civil matter unless written(by me)/signed (by the boat guy) letter is presented citing the day the boat was to be returned (of course assuming the boat still was not given back by that time). I dont know what the guy is doing and its very puzzling. For example if he didnt have it why would he have the same cell phone and answer AND continue conducting area business as if he wants to be established. Guys from his "business" were at my house yesterday doing fence repair and yard-work (they were mum about questions i had about the boat and called boat guy who said,again, the boat would be delivered that day). OK sorry I digressed. So what you are saying is to NOT make it a civil matter by accusing him of embezzlement? I just dont think police would bite based on what they told me. Is there a good way to word the accusation to take it off the "civil matters" table?
In your experience would the probation officer be helpful in verifying the address for purposes of contact in case I am not successful with the police? And.... in your experience it would be worth a try to tell this guy that I am about to file a police report (tomorrow) and contact his probation officer ( This is what I want to do...anything to avoid the legal gobbledygook...and since he is a felon on parole why not leverage that advantage...right?...and if he doesn't respond then follow through because it really is not a bluff...right?)