Theft of Doug Thompson tools

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Forum topic by gwilki posted 05-21-2019 11:48 AM 403 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2019 11:48 AM

I’ve copied this from another forum. I hope the moderators will forgive any rules that I may be breaking for cross-posting. Doug is a huge supporter of the woodturning community and clearly needs our help now.

The following was posted by Doug Thompson of Thompson Tools on FaceBook this morning. I ask that if you see Doug’s tools for sale anywhere, but from a reputable dealer, you question the seller as to the source of those tools. That if you suspect anything funny, first decline to purchase the tool(s) and contact Doug immediately with any information you can provide on the seller. Especially so if you come across Doug’s tools on eBay, Craig’s List, or in a pawn shop! The woodturning community needs to rally behind Doug and put a stop to this kind of thievery.

Here’s the story from Doug:
“A guy I knew from the club (yes, a woodturner) 12-14 years called me about a job. He worked for his dad for 25 years then took his dad’s customers to start his own business and that’s all I knew when I hired him. Well, a few things started to disappear the after the Florida symposium a whole pallet of tools vanished… I let him go. When I called the police they showed me a mug shot then his whole story fell into place. ... The bottom line is he stole over $80,000 worth of tools, and the only place to sell them is to you. He can’t change steel or flute shape so that helps find the tools…. if you see anything contact me. Thank you, Doug Thompson”

If you see anyone “unusual” selling A11 or CPM-10V black-anodized tool steel, call Doug and the cops.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#1 posted 05-21-2019 01:01 PM

That really does suck.

I expect the guy will be caught. They know who he is, and the woodturner’s community is pretty close-knit and small.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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