View Full Version : Joe Blackburn robbed in Vegas!!!

ted harris
05-09-2005, 07:58 PM
Thievery in Las Vegas…
Joe Blackburn is a very well respected cue repair vendor at the APA events, the BCA 8-ball Nationals, the US Open for over 25 years, and many other events. Joe has been doing cue repair for at least 25 years at shows all over America, and for many years made his home in Nashville, TN, where he had a pro shop at JOB Billiards. My hat is off to Joe Blackburn for having the tenacity and fortitude to keep up the pace he has maintained. Joe is well respected within this industry, and has many thousands of loyal and happy customers. As a mobile cue repairman myself for the last 15 years, I understand how hard it is to continue traveling to these tournaments. He is an excellent repairman, and has worked hard to establish the great reputation he has established.

Now let me tell you a horrible story…
Thieves have stolen at least $80,000 worth of machinery and product from Joe Blackburn in Las Vegas. His trailer was stolen out of the parking lot at the Riviera with all his equipment, stock, and merchandise. I could not even begin to know what he is going through right now. He still has to work the BCA 8-ball Nationals starting Thursday, and over the last week has had to try and rebuild his whole setup. Let me tell you, it is hard enough to be fully prepared for an event like that knowing a year in advance, much less trying to do it all in a week. He will probably have to spend $10,000 just to be able to work the event…and that will not even come close to replacing the stuff that was stolen. There is no way the event will be as profitable as usual, not to mention the money he is out for all the stolen stuff. He will most likely not be able to do all the services he usually can, such as making shafts, joint work, butt plates, and more complicated stuff. On a more personal level, if this had happened to me, I don’t know if I could handle it as well as Joe has handled it.

Now I am asking everyone to try and help Joe get his stuff back. Let’s show some support for a guy that has serviced tens of thousands of players, from beginners all the way up to every professional player on the face of the earth.

Below is a list of some of the stolen items;
· Enclosed utility trailer w/Tenessee tags…black
· Cueman deluxe cuesmith lathe…$2600-
· Emco Compact-5 mini metal lathe mounted on toolbox…$1800-
· Central machinery wood lathe mounted on red toolbox with 2 drawers…$300-
· 1976 Szamboti…1 of a kind…rare 3/8-10 joint screw…ivory joint and butt plate, birds eye maple w/barbell inlays…brown Ostrich skin wrap with no shafts…$20,000-
· Phillippi…ivory joint and butt plate with gold inlays…matching joint protectors and 2 shafts with a black boars skin leather wrap…$9000-
· Josswest…sideways JW logo from 1968-1972,,,steel joint, plain jane birdseye…1 shaft…$1500-
· McDermott C-21…2 shafts…cue is in brand new condition…$1600-
· Paradise…$1000-
· Paradise…$1000-
· Andy Gilbert…titleist points…ivory joint, rings and buttplate…turquoise dots in ringwork…$3000-
· Mali…Busch Pool League cue…20 years old…$1000-
· Palmer…titleist forearm…$1000-
· Brunswick Corvette cue…$265
· DeAngelo leather wrap jig…$400-
· 6 predator blanks…$700-
· 260 moori’s…$2600-
· various boxes of tips; Le pro, triangle, elk master…500-
· 30 tiger tips…$240--
· 30 talisman tips…$210-
· 50 ivory ferrules…$750-
· 75 melamine ferrules…$225-
· 10 ivory collars…$350-
· 150 leather wraps…$2000-
· Porper Irish linen press…$150-
· Prather irish linen press…$100-
· Taps for all cues…$1500-
· Accessories, cue parts, and lots more tooling …$ thousands upon thousands
· lots of other stuff…$ thousands upon thousands

The total for all of the above is $56,790, not counting the trailer. I’ll bet there was $20,000 worth of tooling and cue parts not listed or more. There is much stuff that is not listed here as well, but this is all we could think of on the phone. I can tell you that there is probably never going be a completely accurate way to figure out what is missing, until Joe needs it and it won’t be there.
Folks, please keep your eyes and ears open and help us catch the scumbags that did this lowdown act…and don’t forget to do business with Joe the next time you see him.
Anyone that with any information about any of this stuff and wants to contact Joe Blackburn the number is (615) 498-3347, or you can call me @ (706)778-9611.
Hats off to Joe Blackburn…and good luck in the coming days!

05-09-2005, 09:21 PM
Is there any kind of insurance that will cover him at least for some of it? Home owners sometimes covers stuff in your car if it gets broken into up to a limit. My guess is he was targeted and it was just a matter of time till the thief made his move. They may have been planing it for a while. Another thing could be, if the trailer was not marked and just looked like a trailer someone may be moving with. The thieves may just be the run of the mill thief who targets hotel parking lots for those kinds of trailers, U-Haul and the such, it may be found with a lot of the stuff still there. I wouldn't count on the cues but you can't sell those machines quickly and a lot of that stuff is worthless to them, they just take what they can and leave the rest. It the trailer was marked though and they knew what they were stealing, he will be lucky to get any of it back. They may even be pool players and may be reading this board to see what is being said. Either way, it would be tough stuff to sell and it is a small world. I wouldn't be surprised it is someone who wants it for themselves. As anyone who has walked into their home, turned on the light and found the place broken into and all their stuff gone will tell you, it is one of the sickest feelings you can imagine.

Cueless Joey
05-09-2005, 09:42 PM
I'm sorry to hear that Ted.
I'd choke the bastard and make him swallow sealer if I find him.
I feel bad for Joe. I hope they recover his belongings.

Rich R.
05-10-2005, 02:49 AM
I'm really sorry to hear this.
I've had work done, by Joe, at the last couple of U.S. Open events. He is one of the nicest guys you would ever want to deal with.

I hope they get the SOB's that ripped him off.

9 Ball Girl
05-10-2005, 06:37 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote ted harris:</font><hr>1976 Szamboti…1 of a kind…rare 3/8-10 joint screw…ivory joint and butt plate, birds eye maple w/barbell inlays…brown Ostrich skin wrap with no shafts…$20,000-
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I really hope he gets all of his stuff back if not some. I guess this is a stupid question: Would he put up a reward for the return of his stuff?

05-11-2005, 02:45 AM
Ya know what,Ted,
This is simply outrageous!
And I guess it was "park at your own risk" meaning Riviera is not responsible for anything stolen,but then again, it wouldnt matter cause some things are just irreplaceable /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif
That just REALLY sucks!
I think security should be beefed up when these conventions go on-last year, my husband and I were walking around in the exhibition,very early,like 5 am,no security around,and this guy was standing on the inside of Archers booth,so I just asked him if he works for Johnny Archer and he's like "Oh,no,no,Im just looking" Yeah right? We sat and drank our coffee right there and he walked away!BUSTED!
Hope Joe Blackburn finds the skell!
Carol /ccboard/images/graemlins/mad.gif