The owner of a Martinez electronics store was arrested Thursday, and Columbia County authorities are looking for people who believe they’ve been duped by him.
Perry Clark Bower, 54, is owner of Electric Medic at 3850 Washington Road, Suite 5-B, near West Town shopping center. He was charged with two counts of theft by deception. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jail records.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said 14 people have reported that they were victims of the business over the past couple of months.
The customers told authorities that they left a television for repair with Bower along with a deposit. Some said they couldn’t reach Bower by phone, and others claimed he hadn’t repaired their electronics, mostly televisions, or repaid their deposits.
“There very well may be more (victims) that haven’t filed a report,” Morris said. “If they’ve had some type of business transaction and they feel like they’ve been duped or this business has failed to deliver, they should call us and file a report.”
Morris said the business contains hundreds, if not a thousand, pieces of electronics, mostly televisions.
Anyone who wishes to make a report about Electric Medic can call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.