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Repairman charged in theft of electricity, meter

Friday, July 18, 2014 11:28 AM
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The former owner of an electronics repair business charged with scamming customers earlier this year was arrested again Thursday, charged with stealing electricity and a power meter.

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Perry Clark Bower, 54, the former owner of Electric Medic, turned himself in to authorities Thursday afternoon. He is charged with theft and two counts of theft of utilities, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Between July 11 and Monday, Bower returned to La Petite Plaza on Washington Road where he once operated his business and took a power meter from the vacant building, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The property manager discovered and reported the theft Monday.

The incident was caught on video surveillance cameras, which showed a man taking the meter. Morris said Bower disabled the tracking device on the meter and installed it at his Martinez home, which didn’t have electricity. Deputies went to Bower’s home Tuesday, confiscated the meter and, because of a medical issue, gave him until 5 p.m. Thursday to surrender to authorities.

Later Tuesday night, a neighbor notified police that Bower’s residence had power, so deputies returned. They found he’d rigged the power meter on his home to work with a pair of scissors, Morris said.

Bower was arrested four times between Jan. 16 and Feb. 4 and faces more than 70 counts of theft by deception, Morris said, after authorities received about 100 complaints about Bower and his business. People said they would leave a television for repair with a deposit or Bower would go to their homes and repair or collect electronics and then they couldn’t reach Bower by phone; while others said he didn’t repair their electronics or return them.

Since then the business was closed and Bower was evicted in February for not paying rent for his business location, where he left about 1,000 pieces of electronics, mostly televisions.

Bower was arrested again in May after two people filed reports to the sheriff’s office that he’d pulled a similar scam under a different business name – G & H Electronics. Morris said that G & H had been closed for more than a year and the owner was not aware Bower was using the name.

Morris said residents in other nearby jurisdictions have also made similar complaints against Bower and were told to file reports with the appropriate authorities. Bower’s earlier bond condition was that he not engage in a television repair business. He is still awaiting trial on the charges. He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

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Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/18/14 - 10:40 am
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What a crook too bad he

What a crook too bad he didn't accidentally fry his arse- poetic justice and kharma.

historylover
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historylover 07/18/14 - 11:32 am
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Bad experience

We actually used his company a couple of years ago after a lightning strike hit our house. His "son" came to our house and I have to tell you - I was glad when he left. He did not repair any of our electronics, writing them down as needing replacement. He was paid in full by our insurance company and we did receive the replacement values of the items. My problem was that we really liked the units we had and we just wanted them repaired. The guy did not know how to fix them and that was obvious. There is a big hole in our area for this kind of repair. Sad that the most prominent one out there is such a crook.

Oh - and his "son" stole our WI system.

Bubba
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Bubba 07/18/14 - 11:34 am
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Falling

I drove by his home one night at dusk. It was raining and he was standing in the yard. It looked like he was washing off in the rainstorm. This bolsters that suspicion. He doesn't seem like a saint, but I felt sorry for him. He can't seem to make a good decision right now to save his life.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/18/14 - 12:15 pm
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He seems like a dunce

who can't figure out that it's easier to go get a job working for somebody rather than to try to rip off people who aren't dunces, repeatedly.

carolouk
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carolouk 07/18/14 - 12:22 pm
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Sounds like a mentally ill individual

Truly, it sounds like he is mentally ill and can not keep it together any more. Some people manage to hold on for years battling their demons but eventually they can not keep up the facade. Sounds like his life is unraveling and he can no longer work within the limits of socially acceptable behavior. I will say a prayer and hope that he gets meds and assistance so that others will not be victimized.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/18/14 - 12:46 pm
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I think it's time this guy

I think it's time this guy got a mental evaluation followed by a trial and then locked up in a mental ward or the jail....either one. He is either a mental case or on drugs, one or the other. Either way he needs a forced intervention.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/18/14 - 02:24 pm
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Sorry

Can't get excited about this story

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/19/14 - 04:53 am
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lock him up

Lock him up and because of "a medical condition" let the taxpayers take care of him.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/19/14 - 04:53 am
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lock him up

Lock him up and because of "a medical condition" let the taxpayers take care of him.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/19/14 - 05:04 am
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Over the years I have seen....

A pair of Butter Knives with 2 pieces of garden hose as installation and remove handle type insulation.
I have seen small drill holes for salt,
I have seen magnets used to slow down meter spin in the 70's
I have seen Meter Bypass switches in some remote areas all to reduce the bill.

I have even seen custom made U-pipes to bypass Atlanta Gas Meters on some side street houses off 12th street in the 70's.

I have seen Water meter bypass taps installed by RCWW employees for a small fee ☺ in the early 80's

But here we are talking some serious voltages.

Maybe this guy really is a few fries short of a happy meal or has had accidental electro-shock therapy 1 time too many already

KSL
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KSL 07/19/14 - 06:51 am
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If fries = shocks and Happy

If fries = shocks and Happy Meal = going to his reward, it seems to me that the meal should be an UnHappy Meal.

Airman
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Airman 07/19/14 - 08:42 am
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Electric Meter

I had one malfunction when I lived on Hilton Head, the wheel did not spin. I called it in and forgot about it. after 3 months(summer) of $6.35 bills my wife ask if I called Palmetta Electric. I said yes but would call again. Fast forward 6 months to December, its Christmas week and the meter reader knocks on our kitchen door and said our meter appeared to be broken. Long story short, there were so many residences that were not occupied year round, until the meter reader saw us at home he thought this was one. It was not until July of the following year that we got a new meter, and only then because we sold the house and the new buyers home inspector would not sign off for closing till it was fixed. We had 16 months of minimum charge bills and no one seemed to care. BTW the house was total electric and the bill should have been around $350 monthly, which we put aside just in case. Ended up donateing to a fund that help people that were struggling to pay their utilities

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/19/14 - 01:52 pm
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I would hate

to be that man and his problems. Can't be normal or evil - more like demented and in bad need of help.

Kudos to you Airman!!

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