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The first thing you should do if you suspect that someone has stolen something from your home is to file a police report. The police will investigate the theft and if you know who did it, the police should question them and determine if there is enough evidence to charge the person and try to recover the item.
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As to your first question, "After the police report, is there a way to press charges and what Court do I do that in without hard evidence?"
It will be up to the police to determine if there is enough evidence to prosecute the person for theft. If they decline to file charges due to a lack of evidence, there is not a way to go 'over' the police and pursue the charges yourself. The state has the responsibility to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in court that a crime occurred, and without any evidence, there is no case. The district or city attorney will not bring a case to trial without evidence.
If there are criminal charges filed against him, that is not cause to accuse you of making a false accusation. In other words, if the police arrest him, there's no liability for you there.
However, if you were communicating a statement that makes a false claim, (for example, that this person is a thief) that is being implied as factual that may harm the reputation of an individual, most jurisdictions allow legal actions, civil and/or criminal, for defamation.
Additionally, if this person was working for you, individually and not under an agreement with the moving company, they are not likely to be held responsible for the theft (if it can be proven at all). It would be a good idea to make the company aware of the incident, as they may not allow him to contract on his own for one of their customers, and would most certainly not want to hear that his may have stolen something. If nothing else, he could be fired, and it may stop this from happening to someone else.
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Hello again Barbara,
I'm very happy to hear that you seem to have gotten to the bottom of this. You can consider yourself lucky, as I'm sure you are aware of the probability of getting something like this back.
I think you handled this rather well, and took the appropriate action.
It's a shame that that you can't trust anyone in your home these days...
I wish you the best.
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