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I dated a man for 6 years, off and on. i have stored a washer and dryer in a storage unit

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I dated a man for 6 years, off and on. i have stored a washer and dryer in a storage unit for at least 3 years, which I solely paid for, and yesterday he called the police and claimed I was holding his property and wouldn't give it back. I ended our relationship a year ago, after he moved out of my home, taking everything. I have not talked to him or heard from him since August of 2012, except in passing one time, when I picked up a bill of sale for my trailer from his dad. He was at his dad's home but never spoke about the washer or dryer. Does he have a legit complaint? If not, can I press charges because he lied to the police? I live in Boise, Idaho.
Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. In order to give you a clear and concise answer, I will need some additional information about the circumstances, please.

1. What did the police tell you as regards XXXXX XXXXX he claimed was his that you are holding?

2. Do you have proof that you paid for the washer and dryer? I presume that is it a sure bet that he does not.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Just that he claimed I was illegally holding a washer and dryer that was his.

I do not have proof of purchase and I'm almost certain he does not either.

Hi Kim,

Thank you for the additional information. That was what I needed to know.

Well, if he didn't buy them I certainly would not expect him to have proof he did of any kind.

He can complain to the police all he wants, but he can't prove that they are his. You claim you bought them---he has not asked for them in over a year, suggesting that he recognizes that you own them. You are not going to be prosecuted for theft---the State's Attorney couldn't prove theft anyway. At worst, he would be able to file a civil action to try and recover them---but with the burden of proof being on him, he will have to prove he really own them---which he presumably can't do. So he will lose.

As for the false claim, it is illegal to file a false claim, and you can complain to the local Prosecutor that he filed a false claim---but they are unlikely to do anything with that either.

At this point, you are better off ignoring him. You are safe from the cops---because theft requires a taking, and you can't take what someone leaves at your home, and you can't take what is yours.

You are smart not to speak with him over the phone or in person. Keep it in writing only. If he continues to harass you with phone calls, or if he threatens you, then you will want to file stalking charges and seek a protective order from the court and that will put an end to his nonsense.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Thank you for all of your help. I really appreciate the information and advise.

My best to you also,

Kim :)
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