Hi Foosters, maybe some of you can advise me on a situation that I am currently involved in.
I had property stolen from me and filed a police report.
I placed a flier around town, offering a reward for information.
Within a few days, I identified the thief and verified that the property was in his possession.
With the assistance of a police officer, and without pressing charges, I secured the return of this property with the exchange of money.
What makes this odd is that I had to barter with the thief himself, who was considering this his 'reward' for returning it.
The police officer was the mediator in this deal.
Although there was no implicit threat, ie: "pay up or else" - I felt that this was the quickest and easiest way to get my property back at the time.
Now that I have had a few days to think about it, I am considering pressing charges against the thief for larceny and extortion.
Do I have a case, or did I screw myself by paying up?