To my great surprise, the handyman who stole my mower showed up for court today. An even greater surprise was that he changed his plea to no contest, which has the effect of a guilty plea. He was fined $375 and a judgement for $203 was entered in my favor. Now I get to sue him for the money in small claims court.
I predict that in two months, he will be working off his fine as jail time. It seems that it takes about that long for failure to pay a fine to turn into a warrant for one’s arrest.