My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I had left a very expensive article of clothing with great sentimental value as it was passed down from my grandmother, at a friend's house. Since, I ended up having to move a couple of times due to personal issues. He said he would hold onto it for me until I got settled in somewhere, but I ended up losing my car as well, making it hard for me to get over to his place to get it. He said he would hang it up in his closet and keep it until I could come retrieve it. However, a girl who is not a friend of mine but more of an aquaintance (definitely not someone to whom I would ever even consider loaning such a special item) came over to his house and saw this item and wanted desperately to wear it. My friend said no and said it was mine and very important to me. They argued for a while, the whole time she kept insisting that she would be really careful and bring it right back. He kept saying no, but then she ended up taking it and wearing it anyway because he is not the type of guy to physically remove it from her. Surprise, surprise, she never brought it back. He told me what happened and I have been trying to get it back for almost a year now. The only response I got from her was an email saying she didn't have it in her possession at the moment and would do her best to get it back, then she blocked me from being able to email her and won't return my calls. I have heard that she has been making money of consigning clothes or selling them on ebay. What can I do to get my item back if this is the case? The sentimental value tremedously outweighs the monetary value. This item originally retailed at over $20,000 and has a resale value of at least $5,000 as it was in near perfect condition. There was one damaged part, which I am hoping has not been further damaged or come unattached and lost. What can I do to try to get this back?