Can my boss legally withhold my last paycheck?

Hi!

I live in California.

I quit my job due to unexpected and unavoidable circumstances. (I'm a 20 year old college student and no longer had a viable way to get to work nor did I live in the area any longer). I had to quit and I couldn't give my two weeks. He told me that he is withholding my last paycheck until I return the office key IN PERSON. He wouldn't let me mail it in or give it to my coworker knowing that I no longer lived in the area and didn't have a car. Anyways, I turned it in a month and a half ago and he still isn't paying me my last paycheck. Is that legal since I didn't give my two weeks?? He is claiming he doesn't have to pay it to me. It probably isn't a large amount but being a broke college kid, I would like the extra money.

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