Good evening. The tools belong to the partnership and the partnership is entitled to sell them to pay off the partnership liabilities. You can lock them up to keep your partner from taking them because they belong to the partnership not to him. Also, with regard to any money that he has stolen, you can file a civil suit for the refunding of the money and you can prosecute him criminally for the theft. You don't really get a lien on something that the partnership already owns...you simply take the tools somewhere where they are safeguarded from theft.
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