Often in class, we discuss the difference between conversion and trespass to chattel. Often with trespass to chattel the owner seeks the return of the item and any damages to it. However, if the item is damaged heavily or destroyed, they are more likely to allege conversion. Such damage can be alleged if the item is not destroyed or broken but its continued use is obnoxious or practically barred. The example that I have given is someone stealing another person’s false teeth. Now, there is such a case. Click here for the story. Note also the close relationship to criminal and tort conversion in such a case.