Can I sue a family member for stealing a religious sentimental property?

Asked over 1 year ago - Flushing, NY

At my wedding ceremony, the broken glass in a custom made pouch was stolen by a family member and she refused to give it back, can I sue her for damages? It meant a lot to me and in our community's traditions we pass it on to another person for good luck. She caused me stress and lied. I have a video of her stealing it, when asked she claimed she didn't take it. What are my options?

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  1. Jayson Lutzky


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . You can either sue for the return of the item or the value of the item in civil court. You can contact an sttorney to assist you. You can also pursue a criminal complaint to return the item by contacting the police or DA.

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  2. Edwin Drantivy

    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . I am sorry that you find yourself in this situation. In New York, one can sue family members to recover the value of stolen property. You can retain an attorney to serve her with an official letter of demand politely requesting the property back and/or you can retain an attorney to sue her for the value of the glass and custom-made pouch.

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