Burglar Bob breaks into Vince Victim’s house. Bob steals a flat-screen television and laptop and does a significant amount of damage to the property before he leaves. Fortunately, Vince has a state-of-the-art security system. It captures excellent images of Bob, who is soon caught by police. Assume that two legal actions follow, one civil and one criminal. Who will be responsible for bringing the civil case? What will be the outcome if the jury believes that Bob burgled Vince’s house? Who will be responsible for bringing the criminal case? What will be the outcome if the jury believes that Bob burgled Vince’s house?
In the scenario, Bob broke into Vince’s house, destroyed some property, and stole several household electronics. Vince has an impeccable security system installed in the house that was used to positively identify the burglar and his arrest was made by the police. In the case,