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A required element of theft and burglary is that the accused must have taken the property or entered the premises without permission. Accordingly, if the owner states that the accused had permission, then the entire case falls apart. This means that the answer to your question is yes, you (the owner) can drop the charges simply because the prosecutor could never win the case without you. If he persisted, then you could testify on behalf of the accused, and no court in the nation could convict if the owner of the property in question testified that the accused had permission to do what he did.
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