My question involves personal property located in the State of: California.
This has been bothering me a lot and I figured I would seek the advice of this forum regarding and instance that occurred Sun Jan 22nd 2012.
Apparently after playing Ice Hockey and carrying my equipment to my apartment, one of my ice skates (My Skates were $950 brand new but which I had bought off eBay only a month earlier for $415 Like New) fell out of my bag. I didn't notice until Tuesday when i arrived to a pick up game and noticed my skate missing. I rushed around backtracking and finally found out from several neighbors that they had seen the skate Mon and Tues morning and had put it against a tree for me to pick up because they noticed it looked brand new and valuable. One neighbor explicitly said he saw a maintenance guy pick it up and put it on his golf cart. I had to call the management company of the apartment complex because the maintenance team would not answer my calls or pages because i guess it was 4 o'clock and they closed early for some reason on Tuesdays. Anyways the management rep i got through too contacted me and told me that the maintenance did pick it up but that the guy had thrown it away. She assured me that they would dig it out for me in the morning.
The next morning, I arrived at the office first thing and was told they didn't open until 9, but couldn't do anything anyways because it had been thrown away Monday and the trash already came. I was suspicious of this so I proceeded to jump through many of the dumpsters on the site, including where he had said he had thrown it away in. I never found it and the maintenance crew was pretty rude and apprehensive about the whole thing even though I was very nice about it just wanting my skate back.
People have told me that I should file a small claims case against the apartment complex or maintenance guy. I want to know if i can? or what i can do? I can provide more details and have emails saved regarding the issue when i was looking for the skate from the management. I also have my receipt for the skates. One skate is basically useless, and I really disliked the way they handled the situation on the management and maintenance side. Also, some of the neighbors said they saw it Tuesday morning but the maintenance team swore it was Monday and didn't lift a finger to help me when I was diving through the dumpsters. I gave my thirty day as a result and just moved out of the apartment on Wednesday. (feb 29th)