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You mean is this a civil matter?
yes. Is there anything the police can do, is this not theft?
Well, lots of civil matters could be charged as theft.
The truth is that they are too busy prosecuting people for trying to kiss somebody 100 years ago and mediating domestic squabbles to deal with any real crime.
On the face of it, it isn't just a theft but a burglary.
I havent' had full vision of this case of course.
If he does have some ownership of the device then you could argue that it belongs to him.
The fact that you have exercised skill upon it doesn't change that.
It just gives you a claim for the price of the job.
You could argue that you were holding a lein over it until the money had been paid although you didn't specifically make that point and probably don't in your literature.
But it is not likely they would prosecute anything that complicated
So what do you recommend as the best cause of action?
It depends what you want to achieve.
If you want to recover the £40 then just sue.
It is a small claims court sum so it will be cheap enough to issue.
You can do so here
but send him a letter before action giving him 28 days to pay.