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Man Invents Anti-Theft Device

November 5, 1990

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Necessity wasn’t the mother of Gary Dimmick’s invention. A thief was.

After someone stole a new suede coat out from under him at a bar, a cold walk home inspired Dimmick to find a way to keep jackets, purses and other hard-to-lock objects from being stolen.

What Dimmick came up with was the Lock-Man, designed to fasten objects securely to coat hooks or bar stools.

Dimmick has invested more than $200,000 of his own money on the device. He said he’ll have to sell 100,000 of the devices, on store shelves for a month, to break even.

″I’m over dreaming of being a millionaire,″ he said after seven years of work. ″But it was a fun fantasy.″

The Lock-Man, which is 6 1/2 inches long and weighs 4 1/2 ounces, uses an aluminum cylinder containing a chain to wrap around a hook or post. The chain can be looped and pulled tight and then attached to whatever needs to be secured.

″It’s not Fort Knox, but it’s not supposed to be,″ said Dimmick, 37. ″It’s supposed to prevent casual theft - theft of opportunity.″

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