A person (woman) says that
B person (man) had stolen an item (laptop), because she has seen
B doing that, being few meters away from the location, watching how he has done it (watching her items which were visually identifiable easily with the unique colors and stickers on her laptop). Then also GPS signal was coming from the
B's home, and when she called the messenger, the ringtone come from
B's home (device was still connected to the WIFI).
When she called a police, they couldnt do anything and said that they have wait for a court order (search warrant) and even it was dubious if they would get search warrant at all. After weeks, the search warrant was issued, but no need to guess any joke out of it, there was already no trace of existence of the item in thief's home.
Similar situations happened quite many times around me, people being robbed quickly, and police being unable to do anything, and all such cases closed without any success.
- Des the police act correctly?
- What should the owner do in such a case, when the owner still knows the item's location exactly and immediate action is needed, but the police is not helping?
(p.s. Maybe jurisdiction doesn't much matter here, let's consider a typical civil country).