I was at a cousin's house last night and one of his guests got into an argument with me and socked me, so I called the cops and they didn't do anything about the situation because my cousin and the guest's friends teamed up and tried to turn tables around on me saying I initiated it. Anyway, the officers left my car keys (my car was parked on their driveway) WITH MY COUSIN because otherwise it would be towed. When I went back the next morning with a spare key to grab my car, I was almost attacked by my cousin's roommate but got into my car quick enough. Upon half a mile of driving, the car stalled and I saw sugar water on the trunk and the mechanic diagnosed it in the tank. I filed a police report and requested fingerprints be taken, but they haven't done so yet (don't know if they will).
Once you filed the police report, it is up to them to bring it to the City Attorney or District Attorney to review for a filing of criminal charges. The problem i see is that unless there is a witness or a confession, there is no evidence (other than a likely hunch) that your cousin or their roomie did it!
You may want to file a civil suit in small claims court. There you only have to prove liability by a preponderance of the evidence, not beyond a reasonable doubt that the DA would use to evaluate.
It will be hard to prove who put the sugar in the tank. Police probably will not check for fingerprints and even if they did they may not be able to match it with people who are not in their data bank. Speak to local counsel and perhaps you can devise a theory on which to proceed in a civil suit.
You can certainly call law enforcement about the new allegations and see if they will pursue criminal prosecution. Otherwise, you can certainly bring an action in small claims court.
I agree with Mr. Wolf that the evidence is largely circumstantial. But keep in mind that you need a police report filed asap. Further, ask the police to check for fingerprints. That's the best way to connect the vandalism to the person that did it.
And you are likely going to be in small claims unless the damage exceeds $10,000. So you will have to represent yourself. Attorneys are not permitted in small claims court.
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