Company property vs personal property a coworker took considered theft once i told him

My employer provides date stampers. However my coworker purchased two one of which he gave to me because he chose to personalize his with his name. We are the only two in the office with these. My other coworker took mine and I considered it a simple mistake. However when I asked for it back and told him it was my personal property not the company he refused saying someone took his. I consider it theft the moment I made him aware. Is that in ORC?

1 answer  |  asked Nov 29, 2022 07:36 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Klingshirn
If you can prove ownership in the object that your co-worker took, the object is yours. If the coworker refuses to return it, that is theft, and you have a civil claim for the value of the thing you own that your coworker took. See Ohio Revised Code 2913.02,

The fact that the coworker lost the company issued object does not change the outcome, it is still theft. However, you should demonstrate to the coworker that you, or the other coworker who gave it to you, is the owner.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Nov 29, 2022 08:10 AM [EST]

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