The prosecutor will likely require you to attend both the preliminary hearing and trial if it makes it that far. The DA will ask you at any hearing or proceeding if you gave the defendant permission to possess your property, as it's an essential element of any theft crime.. If you are served with a subpoena, it is a court order requiring you to attend a legal proceeding. Failing to attend could potentially lead to a warrant being issued for your arrest.
You may have the opportunity to tell the DA that you do not wish to prosecute in the future, but they do not have to abide by your wishes.
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Your presence at the preliminary hearing is likely crucial to the case moving forward. Testimony from you is needed to establish that the subject property was in fact stolen; your ability to identify the thief in particular is not needed. Essentially the Commonwealth needs you to establish that the defendant did not have your permission to take or be in possession of the property. I will note my surprise that you have had communication with a representative of the DA's Office in advance of a preliminary hearing. Typically police who filed the charges communicate with witnesses. As mentioned by Mr. Zuckerman, if you are subpoenaed, you must attend as required by the subpoena.
I think this is a question you need to ask of the DA. If you are subpoenaed to be at the hearing then you must attend. If you don't show up, then depending on the facts of the case, it may be dismissed if the Commonwealth does not have enough evidence to establish a prima fascia case against the Defendant.