Denton, TX asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Texas

Q: Collateral on a loan was never returned when the loan was never provided. Indirect threats were made following this

Is this a criminal and/or civil matter? The collateral in question was the key to my storage unit which contained $30k-$40k worth of personal property. When no loan was ever produced I asked for key to be returned the day that the offer of a loan was proposed. They refused. I found out 2 weeks later they had taken all items of value. After telling them that I would file a report with police, I was threatened indirectly by an acquaintance of the person who stole my property. I've tried many times to contact them and ask for the items to returned to no avail. After contacting the police again today. I found out that someone posing as myself had just recently contacted the police to verify whether or not this could be considered a criminal matter (this person was only inquiring and made no attempts to file a report of theft). I have photos, inventory list, and texts between myself and the perp. This person is a known drug dealer w/felony convictions and ties to Aryan Nation.

2 Lawyer Answers
John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: Dear Denton:

Sounds terrible.

I will assume all you tell me in the question is true. If the person who is now in possession of your property, got it through false information or "trickery" that would be a crime in Texas. I hope you have proof of your inventory. If not it will be very hard for you to prove a crime or civil liability. Pictures, inventory lists, or something like that will be needed.

I hope this helps.

Teri A. Walter agrees with this answer

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Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
Answered
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Ultimately, the situation could result in both civil and criminal penalties. Make a police report to start with. You may also want to consult with a lawyer about what would be needed for the civil claim, what evidence you have regarding what was taken, who took it, and the value of the property.

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