How to get stolen materials back?

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How to get stolen materials back?

I hired a subcontractor to install siding on a home. All materials were delivered except a special order product. The sub contractors employee went and picked up the special order material when they came in from the warehouse where material purchased. Upon picking them up, sub contractors employee never delivered or installed the material. Instead he is holding it on his truck demanding a payment of X amount of cash. I’ve made a police report but they keep passing the buck to contact so and so agency and they won’t help How do I go about getting these stolen material back? The subcontractor will not respond to messages, text, voice mails or phone calls. All I want at this point is the stolen material back.

Asked on February 3, 2017 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If the authorities will not help, your recourse is to sue the contractor. Sue him for theft (stealing what is not his) and breach of contract (violating the agreement, whether written or oral, under which he was doing the job). The easiest and least expensive and quickest option is to sue him in small claims court as your own attorney ("pro se") for the value of the material; the suit can be settled or resolved by its return.


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