Just got a call from the police detective, about an hour ago.
They have a guy. (The above-mentioned "scroungy guy" that I told them about.) They have spoken to him. They are going to charge him with theft and receiving stolen property. The guy gets arraigned tomorrow.
Now, I have to talk to my neighbors and some of the other people I spoke with in order to get them to call the detective and give them statements. If they call in and give statements or testify, the thief will be charged with theft AND stolen property. If they can't get corroborating evidence they'll have to drop the theft charge.
The scumbag is supposed to appear, tomorrow, at the District Justice to face charges but if he doesn't show, they'll get a warrant.
Question: Can failure to appear be considered presumptive evidence of guilt of that one theft charge that's still up in the air?