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Is it still considered a felony (grand theft auto) if someone steals a vehicle and returns it several months later?
Yes, the fact that the vehicle was returned wouldn't erase the criminal violation that occurred when it was stolen or taken without the owner's permission. It is like robbing a bank and giving the money back.... you still robbed the bank to start with..
I am not sure what you mean... If it was your car that was stolen, then yes, you can file a police report.
But if you never filed a police report initially, the police are going to ask you why and it is probably pretty unlikely that a DA is going to follow up and file a formal criminal charge because it would look more like you loaned your car to someone and they kept it and didn't' return it, which is more of a civil matter for "conversion" (the wrongful keeping of property of another) and "replevin" ( a legal action for its return).
Most people immediately contact the police when their car is stolen and file a report so the police can put out an alert for law enforcement to look for the car. Waiting several months after a car is taken, used, and then returned to file a formal criminal complaint just smells fishy..
I am sorry to hear that the police won't take any action, but they look at it from the perspective that if it was a theft, and not a civil matter, and the parties knew about it, then the owner (or owner's agent) would have taken action to report it as soon as they became aware of it because the police will come to the owner's home and take a report.
Unfortunately this is one of those situations where if immediate action isn't taken once the theft is discovered to report it, then months later it is "stale" and the police and DA are reluctant to take any formal action.
But as you are likely already aware, if you have a POA for mother or are her legal guardian, you can file a civil suit against the person and sue them for damages for the value of the property or for "replevin", which is its return.
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