Police investigating alleged 'mybossisanumpty' eBay scam
POLICE are investigating an alleged eBay scam which may have cost an engineering firm thousands of pounds.
It is suspected hand tools owned by Norman Precision have been sold on the internet auction site under the name "mybossisanumpty".
The tools, with carbide and diamond tips, appear to have been auctioned off through that account and others for around two years.
Police have arrested a man at the Stroudwater Business Park, Stonehouse firm and bailed him while investigations continue.
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Workers there are said to be shocked that someone appears to have been stealing from the firm for such a prolonged period.
"It's not nice when something like this happens because you don't think anyone would do it," said one worker, who did not wish to be named.
It is believed stolen items were sold alongside computer games on sale legitimately for around two years and the scam could have cost the firm several hundred pounds a week.
The username "mybossisanumpty" shows a succession of metal milling inserts and cutters being sold through the account which has an address in Leeds.
However, one person from Stroud has been arrested in connection with the investigation.
Gloucestershire Constabulary sent officers to the company on August 16, made an arrest and recovered some items.
Kevin Norman, managing partner of Norman Precision, said items appeared to have been stolen from the firm, which makes high quality components for the aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, medical and defence industries.
"We can confirm that police are investigating the alleged theft of items from Norman Precision," he said.
A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman said: "On August 16, a 54-year-old-man from Stroud was arrested on suspicion of theft and has been released on police bail until October 4 pending further inquiries."