I loaned my vehicle to a friend for about 5 hours one evening. At the end of 5 hours I was told they would need the vehicle a bit longer but never returned the vehicle. 24 hours late this person admitted that the vehicle had been taken without permission by one of her friends. While we were in contact with the person who had the vehicle, he refused to return the vehicle even after many attempts to do so. 24 hours this person was finally tracked down and returned the vehicle. While the car was gone almost everything inside the vehicle was taken. Paperwork with personal info, plug in adapters, blankets, etc. They also took the purse of the original borrower that was in the vehicle. While tracking down the suspect it was revealed that at some point the original borrower of the vehicle gave permission to the suspect to drive the vehicle with her as the passenger. What is not clear is who had control of the keys when it was taken. I only gave the original borrower permission to drive the vehicle for 5 hours. Vehicle was taken for 48 hours. Who in this case would be charged with grand theft auto?
My advise would be to contact your local police dept immediately. Even though the vehicle has been recovered, there was still a theft of the car and some contents. Between the police and the city attorney/prosecutor, they will decide who will be charged and on what counts. You may also want to contact your auto insurance co. if any damage was done to the car and you can also report it to your homeowners/renters insurance to claim for the personal property losses suffered.
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