I am writing for a friend of mine. She is one of 18 people in the apartment unit that had been robbed from the Maintenance Man.
18 people in a single unit?!
He had three prior felon's but the landlord/owner still hired him.
What were the prior convictions for? Does your friend have any evidence that the landlord was aware of the guy's criminal history when he hired him?
The jewelry was worth a lot more than $ 7500 but seems her only choice would be take him to Small Claims Court.
Well...no. There are courts other than small claims court. Also, the limit in small claims court is $10,000, not $7,500, unless your friend has filed more than a couple small claims actions in excess of $7,500 in the last year.
Is there anything special that she should bring with her, she has the police report, a picture of the jewelry and of course the newspaper article that he was arrested for this robbery.
Whether the court will accept a police report or newspaper articles into evidence is questionable and depends on the particular county and judge. In regular court, those things wouldn't be admissible. It would be better to have a certified copy of the verdict from the criminal action. Also, she'll need evidence to prove her theory that the landlord negligently hired the maintenance guy.