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Did you get released from the guarantee please?
The Police have refused to investigate?
So your business partner has run off with it?
Its bad news, if it belonged to the partnership it is a civil dispute
Sadly its only theft if you owned the whole machine
If he owned part then it becomes civil
You need to sue your former partner
I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
the machine is not owned by either of us. it belongs to the finiance company who have cancelled the agreement and want it back.
Its still a civil mater.
It is like if someone sells a car on finance. The finance can come and take it
Its not theft if the seller disposes of it
I am sorry
I am working with the finiance company to get their machine but it has disappeared.
The Police can refuse to investigate there is no right that they must.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
So, to summarise. An expensive machine that has been hidden away to avoid repossession is not considered theft.
Its a civil matter
One last question. can the finiance company just come and collect the machine if it can be located?
Yes they can.
Its their property
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Sorry. Thought of one last question. if my ex-partner sells the machine on, even though it does not belong to him, has he committed a crime?
No. Again using the analogy of the car on finance. I am sorry