In 2009 I entered into a verbal agreement with someone to do some mechanical work on my motorcycle. I had rebuilt the bike to about 90% complete but I am color blind and unable to successfully re-wire the bike's electrical system. I posted on craigslist that I was looking for someone who could do the work in trade for an IBM laptop. This person responded and we spoke on the phone. I took the bike with the laptop and dropped them both off at his residence in another county. The individual contacted me shortly after requesting a new battery, and new oil for the bike, which I bought and brought to him. He then later contacted me and said that he refused to put the existing exhaust pipes back on the bike and insisted that I buy new ones. I was not in a position financially to make any large purchases or to make any return trips as my wife had just given birth to our son which did not afford me an opportunity to travel. The situation with the person continued for the next 4 years with several instances of me contacting him via email and him eventually responding . He at some point told me he had been injured in a motorcycle accident and had multiple surgeries and hospitalizations and did not know when he would be able to complete the repairs, I could never get him to quote repair costs or tell me when he would be there for me to meet with him to discuss any of it. I decided to not fix the bike and sell it after I became unemployed and needed money. Afterwards, he told me he had shown it to several people and even had someone call me to discuss a purchase at one time. But all contact fell off in the middle of 2013. I just recently got myself to a point that I am capable of getting the bike fixed and back in my possession, but the person would not return my messages. It was my suspicion he had either fixed the bike and sold it or had sold all the parts individually. I sent a demand letter certified mail which got a response via email that he had claimed the motorcycle abandoned and sold it. I have most of the email traffic saved, some of the exchanges were quite heated) and also emails with the potential buyer who is a friend of his whom I suspect has bought the bike based on a picture on facebook of a bike that is very similar to mine. I think that this person converted my property to his own personal use while in full contact with me using the legal system in place to do it. What can I do about it?