Its a new month. Today I found the door unlocked but no note and 1 of 4 keys I gave her was on the counter. She stole but not $1000 worth. There are a lot of damages. There is a lot of trash outside including a 6' x 8' pile of dog ***
Photograph every inch of the place.
Call the police and report vandalism and theft. Prepare an itemized list of what was stolen and damaged and give it to the police. Apply values to everything, including the vandalism.
I suggest you don't clean or fix anything by yourself. Hire somebody today to come out and give you a written price on the repairs and clean up before the police come out. Give the police that price list along with the list of stolen items (keeping copies for yourself, of course). Have the locks changed by a locksmith. Add a copy of the bill to what you give to the police. The stolen items, repair, and clean-up cost could be enough to raise the charges to a felony if you really want to get the tenant for what she did to you.
I'm concerned now that it's a trick by her lawyer because I need to start cleaning this up....
I would argue that the return of even 1 key is the return of the dwelling to your possession.
Once the police are done with the visit to the house, I'd say you'd be safe in having the clean-up and repairs taken care of.