Can I sue someone for petty theft/ selling stolen items if the property was already returned to me?

My friend stole sunglasses from me and then later sold them to someone else. One of my other friends was able to get my sunglasses back for me. Can I still sue for petty theft and selling stolen property? And how much can I sue them for?

Asked on June 9, 2012 under Criminal Law, Michigan


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Since the sunglasses were returned you have no damages incurred so suing them may not be a possibility.  If, however, you had to pay your friend back because she had to pay some one for them then yes, you probably could.  You can, though, go and report them criminally and you should.  Good luck.

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