I've been looking for a Jeep. Jim said he found a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee for $1800 that needed a little work. I gave Jim $1800 for the Jeep. When I asked for a title he said it accidentally went through the wash. As of 4/28 he said he was still working on it and ceased all communication. On 5/7 I called the police to report the 2000 Jeep that I had given Jim $1800 for, stolen (Jim had my money and my vehicle (or so I thought) and wouldn't return either) Jim told the police he sold MY Jeep. The police say it's a civil case. I say it's a vehicle theft.
Do you have a bill of sale? If not, you don't have a car. You'll have to sue to get your money back. In civil court.
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When it is your word against his without any further proof, it is nearly impossible to get a conviction. You'll need to sue in in small claims court.
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If the police won't refer a case they think is prosecutable to a DA for prosecution, which is what they mean when they say it's civil, then you need to pursue this in Small Claims court. Hopegully you know where to find Jim, hopefully you'll make a good witness if you've got no documentary evidence.
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I've been looking for a Jeep. Jim said he found a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee for $1800 that needed a little work. >>>>> Who's Jim and why did he tell you this?
I gave Jim $1800 for the Jeep. >>>>> Why did you give Jim $1,800.00 without seeing the title?
When I asked for a title he said it accidentally went through the wash. >>>> That's odd. Do you KNOW Jim?
As of 4/28 he said he was still working on it and ceased all communication.
>>>>>>>> Since WHEN was he still "working on it?"
On 5/7 I called the police to report the 2000 Jeep that I had given Jim $1800 for, stolen (Jim had my money and my vehicle (or so I thought) and wouldn't return either) Jim told the police he sold MY Jeep. The police say it's a civil case. I say it's a vehicle theft.
>>>>>>>>>>> HOW did Jim get YOUR Jeep if you paid him for it? Why did you wait until 5/7 to report it stolen?
There are a LOT of holes in this story and even filling them in may make little sense. This could in fact be criminal but the Police do not care. IF you stole it from a car dealer, THEN they would care, because as we all know, corporations are people and some people are more equal than others, So, for now, it appears to be a civil matter (meaning the Police do not care) and you will have to explain to a Judge many of the answers to questions I have asked above and more, I'm sure, in order to prove you were cheated and not just making up a story to cheat Jim out of $1,800.00. Good luck with it.
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