What to do if my grandson took off with my vehicle 3 months ago and still has not returned?
Question Details: I bought a vehicle for my 21 year old grandson to use. He was staying with me and had tied up my vehicle. He was to use it for work, school, pay the payments and keep up insurance. In 3 months when he establish work and could get a loan I would put it in his name. He never went to school and failed to put an application, is not making payments or keeping insurance up. The police say because I bought it for his use he can do whatever he wants with it. I am afraid because I feel that he is doing drugs or if he gets in an accident. He is not working and living from friend to friend and his step father said he is probably living in the vehicle. So I have no address for him. I do know he is somewhere in Kenosha, WI. The Kenosha police say the consent of use has expired and if it is in my name, it is still my vehicle and it is considered theft; the SC police say that I can't do anything about it. I can't file a civil suit with no address. If you can't help me, please tell me who can? Where do you suggest I go for help? Who made the law and why is it different state to state. The vehicle has temporary tags on it which expired last month however, he could have stolen tags. I have the tags with me.
The law is different state by state because this is state law: each state makes its own law. Also, even when the law is similar from one state to the next, how each police dept. interprets it may vary, as will how they evaluate a given situation (e.g. whether it is civil or criminal). If the WI police will treat this as a theft and he is in WI, then report it as a theft to them; then if you have theft insurance, put in a claim to your insurer to receive compensation and let the insurer deal with this.
If you. don't have theft insurance, other than asking the WI police to treat this as theft, you can't do anything, as you indicate, without an address for a civil lawsuit. Lawyers are often better about finding addresses than non-attorneys; possibly if you hire a WI attorney to help, he or she will be able to locate, so you can sue, him.