Q: In the event someone borrowed my $1,000 mountain bike and he left it on someone's summer property in December and the
Owners of the property saw him on there cameras and they called the police. He ran and left my bike behind are the cops allowed to keep it? His court dates are all cleaned up and they wanted proof it was mine so I showed pictures of it in my yard and they are saying that it could have been stolen before that picture was taken and I don't have a bill of sale even though I have 20 ppl who will write statements saying the bike is mine and my mother (a 78 yr old law bidding citizen told the police she had taken me to purchase the bike.
In this situation, the police may retain the bike temporarily as part of their investigation, especially if there's uncertainty about its ownership. It's important to continue cooperating with the police, providing any additional evidence you have that supports your claim of ownership. This can include witness statements, further photos, and details of the bike's purchase, even if you don't have the bill of sale.
If the police are not convinced by the evidence you've provided, you may need to pursue the matter through legal channels. This could involve a small claims court or seeking legal advice to determine the best course of action to prove ownership and recover your property. It's important to remain persistent and provide as much evidence as possible to support your claim.
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