Electric Medic owner faces more charges The owner of a Martinez electronics repair store was arrested a fourth time Tuesday on more theft charges.
Perry Clark Bower, 54, of Martinez, is owner of Electric Medic in La Petite Plaza in Martinez. He was charged Tuesday with one felony count of theft by deception, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. He was released after posting an $8,500 bond.
Bower was first arrested on Jan. 16 for two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception. He was charged with two additional counts on Jan. 23 after a hearing to evict him for not paying rent on the property his business occupied for 17 years. On Jan. 29, Bower also was charged with hit and run, making in improper U-turn and driving with an expired tag after he hit a truck parked in a cul de sac near his home.
Morris said more than 50 people have made complaints against Bower and the business. The victims told authorities that they would leave a television for repair along with a deposit or he would go to their homes and repair or collect the electronics. Some say they can’t reach Bower by phone; others say he hasn’t repaired their electronics or repaid their deposits.
Morris said the business contains hundreds if not a thousand pieces of electronics, mostly televisions.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Memorial vandalized, stolen
A woman called authorities after discovering someone stole items and vandalized a roadside memorial for her son.
The 46-year-old woman said she put up a roadside memorial on Wheeler Road at Tower Drive, where her son died in a vehicle crash. She said on Feb. 1 that someone stole 10 solar yard lights from the memorial. The memorial has been in place since the crash.
A nearby church has an outdoor surveillance system, and one of the cameras shows the area of the memorial. A deputy reviewed the video footage, which showed two trucks, one white with a trailer and the other dark-colored, stop at the corner. Someone got out, went to the memorial and took the lights. He went to the back of both of the trucks, then got into the dark-colored one, did a U-turn and left for a few minutes. He returned and both trucks drove away.
Church member sees thieves in the act
A member of a Martinez church called authorities Monday after he said he saw men stealing equipment from a church shed.
The man said he pulled into the parking lot of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church on Furys ferry Road at about 8:30 p.m. and saw two unfamiliar trucks near a shed on the property. Two men in an older black Ford drive away from the shed with a weedeaters and two blowers in the back. The passenger got out and into a newer gray Ford truck and both sped out of the parking lot.
The man said the shed door was open and the lock had been cut and was found on the entrance ramp.
The church has a video surveillance system through ADT and the man said he get the footage of the parking lot and storage shed for deputies.
Friend’s boyfriend slashes teen’s tires A Grovetown teenager told deputies Tuesdaythat her friend’s boyfriend slashed her vehicle tires twice.
The 17-year-old Grovetown High School student said she discovered that someone cut two tires on her sport utility vehicle, which was parked in the school lot until 2:50 p.m. No other vehicles in the lot were damaged.
When asked who had ill will against her, the teen told deputies that she suspects her friend’s boyfriend. She said they’d argued a few times and he resents the teen spending time with her friends. The teen said her friend told her that her boyfriend had dropped her off at school that morning.
A deputy and school resource officer reviewed the video surveillance footage and saw someone, later identified as the teen’s friend’s boyfriend, drop his girlfriend off at the front of the school in a dark-colored truck. He drives toward the exit, but stops and backs up to the teen’s vehicle. He gets out, runs to the SUV and runs back to his truck and drives away.
A deputy and an investigator interviewed the girls boyfriend in front of his parents. He admitted to slashing the teen’s tires at the school and slashing two of them at her home in mid-January.
The teen and her father opted not to prosecute her friend’s boyfriend as long as they were reimbursed for the cost of the tires.
Shoplifter evades deputies
A shoplifter at the Walmart in Evans evaded police and escaped on Tuesday
Deputies went to the store on Washington Road at about 5:30 p.m. after a loss prevention employee said a man hid two Sony Playstation 4 controllers and other electronics in a Walmart bag. The deputies waited outside the Garden Center entrance as he tried to leave the store.
The shoplifter realized deputies were outside and ran back into the store with the deputies chasing behind him. The shoplifter ran through the store and left out the main entrance. He got into a silver Dodge Charger waiting for him. Deputies tried to get the shoplifter out of the car, but he sped away.