For petty crimes like stealing a lighting fixture, can hotels sue the guests?

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    answered on 13/01/2013

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    Yes, hotels can sue guests for stealing items that belong to the hotel. The civil action is known as the tort of conversion. The hotel can claim damages resulting from the unlawful possession of its property. The hotel can of course also lodge a police report. If the guest is successfully prosecuted, then he may be liable to a fine or imprisonment for up to three years under the terms of the Penal Code.

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