Hi Miss. Let me share my experience with you. Years ago I owned a business and hired assistants. This one gal refused to return the business keys after she left. I told her that I contacted the local police to state she had the keys in her possession. I mentioned that it would be best if she returned them, because if anything happened to the owner's property, she'd be the one they would come looking for. I got them returned that night.
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Lying is not against the law, unless a person is under oath. If they are in possession of stolen property, however .. well, that is a different story. Call the police.
If this key is a duplicate .. and has not been surrendered .. then you may just have to have the locks changed on the car if that person says they don't have it. What makes you so sure they have it??
The police will not lay charges for someone who has not surrendered a key because they have simply lost it. You would have to sue them for the cost of replacing the locks .. IF you can prove they had the key and refused to surrender the key.
You would have to have a contractual stipulation stating the agreement to return the duplicate key. Otherwise you will have to demonstrate palpable loss or harm from subsequent actions of the individual i.e. attempted unlawful entry or transfer of the property to a third-party.