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As a business owner, can I send a letter to a parent demanding payment for items that their minor child stole from my store?

Question Details: A 15 year old stole items from my store. The police report was filed, security camera footage was given to police and passed on to the prosecutor. There was no arrest, no prosecution, and I did not get my items back or receive any payment for items. Can I send a letter to the juvenile's parent asking for compensation for items stolen before filing a claim in small claims court?

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