Someone in your situation can indeed
file a criminal complaint
, and allow the authorities to investigate. While it is at their discretion, he may be changed with destruction of property under CAL. PEN. CODE § 594.
Simultaneously, one can pursue civil relief
for both the destruction of property and the vehicle. (For the vehicle, civil relief may be the only viable option.) One would then sue to BOTH get the vehicle back, and, for destruction of property. In addition, one can possibly
add a cause of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress if the texts are found to be specifically outrageous. It may be that civil litigation would be more effective here than just filing a criminal complaint.
Let me know if you need help finding counsel - especially pro bono or low cost - in CA.
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