Last year their was break in into my car. Certain items were stolen. A USB thumbdrive containing personal and Family Pictures( wedding,honeymoon, birth of son, vacations etc) some cash, my husband briefcase and our garage opener. I filed a police report and have a case number. An aquaintance of the family reurned the thumbdrive to me two days ago and said she had "found it" Me and my husband are 100 % sure it was one of the stolen items but the officer didnt add it to the police report. Can we still press charges?
Are you alleging that the acquaintance is the one who did the stealing?
"Can we still press charges?" Private persons in WA generally have no legal power to file criminal law charges against anyone. Filing criminal law charges generally is solely up to the prosecutor.
What you can do is report your information to the police. The police may decide to do an investigation. The police may decide to let the prosecutor know about the investigation. The prosecutor decides what to do with the information. You can also contact the prosecutor directly.
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