My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: West Virginia
The other day I went to pick up my guitar from a friends house. I kept it there because we played together on a regular basis. I was surprised to find that it wasn't there. After arguing back and forth, he finally told me the truth. He had sold it to a shop called pickers paradise(the equivalent of a pawn shop). I have the text from him that says he did steal it and sell it. Unfortunately the only proof I have that it is mine is a picture of it on my phone and the word of a other friend that sold it to me. The shop opens in 2 hours. And I am going to plead my case to the owner of the shop.
When it was first found out that it was gone, I asked the friend who stole it (I was unaware at the time that he was the thief) to file a report. He wouldn't. I'm not keen on how the law works. So I'm not sure of the next step to take, but I don't really want to get the thief in trouble. Although he stole from me, I don't want to muck things up.
Any advice is appreciated.