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Martinez store owner faces more charges, eviction

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 7:23 PM
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The owner of a Martinez electronics repair store arrested last week faced more theft charges Thursday.

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Perry Bower, the owner of Electric Medic in Martinez, faces a total of four counts of theft by deception and being evicted from the property.   VALERIE ROWELL/STAFF
Perry Bower, the owner of Electric Medic in Martinez, faces a total of four counts of theft by deception and being evicted from the property.

Perry Clark Bower, 54, surrendered to authorities on two warrants for theft by deception, in addition to the two counts he was charged with last week. He was released last week after posting a $3,200 bond and was released Thursday after posting another $3,200 bond on the second pair of charges.

At a hearing Thursday afternoon, Columbia County Magis­trate Judge Christopher J. Hudson gave Bower seven days from the day he signs the order, which will likely be a few days after Thursday’s hearing, to vacate the business.

Bower, the owner of Electric Medic at 3850 Washington Road, near West Town shopping center, has rented four suites in La Petite Plaza, managed by James L. Wiggins and Williamsburg II LLP for 17 years.

“It’s time to move on,” Hudson said. “It’s time to close the business. It’s time to give people their property back and move on.”

Wiggins said Bower paid $100 of the $1,100 monthly rent for September and October and hasn’t paid rent for December or January.

Bower maintains he paid the entire rent for September and October, with $100 in checks and the remainder in cash.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said 49 people have made complaints against Bower and the business. They told authorities that they would leave a television for repair with Bower, along with a deposit, or he would go to their homes and repair or collect the electronics. Some claimed they couldn’t reach Bower by phone, or he hadn’t repaired their electronics, mostly televisions, or repaid their deposits.

Morris said the business contains hundreds if not a thousand pieces of electronics, mostly televisions.

Wiggins said some televisions are left outside the building.

“It’s a disaster,” he said of the building.

Bower said he’s been sick for the past few months and hasn’t removed some of the televisions customers drop-off outside the building.

Bower also said his business dropped off in 2013 after an advertising mistake.

“It was a good business until this year when the Yellow Pages left me out of the phone book,” Bower said. “That’s when the business went downhill.”

Columbia County Chief Marshal Shaun Brooks said if Bower doesn’t remove all property from the building within the seven days, the manager can file a writ for eviction. Then, Brooks said, he’ll post a final notice at the property for at least 48 hours. Any property left on the premises after that time is considered, by law, abandoned.

In a typical eviction, the abandoned property would be moved outside of the building by marshals.

In this case, Brooks said, “We’ve made arrangements with the property owner to hold them there to disperse them back to the owners.”

Marshals will work with the sheriff’s office to identify the owners of the electronics and return them.

“We’re already working with the sheriff’s office to try to get everything documented,” Brooks said.

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kiwiinamerica 01/24/14 - 12:08 am
Done business with this guy...

Took him about 3 months to repair a TV of mine when he promised one week.

"Waiting for a part...".........."we're working on it right now"......."it was fixed but it went down again"..........the excuses were endless. I'd almost given up hope of ever getting it fixed when a miracle happened and he called me.

Lesson learned, though. Vowed never to go back. A very dodgy geezer.

nocnoc 01/24/14 - 07:34 am
Thanks AC

Your timely article likely saved more than a few people $$$$$.
It is amazing how long Bad Businesses get to live on.

While not this business it also deals with another bad business
one that can't pay its employees, one that the owner is awaiting ID Theft trial, one that is having major financial problems, one that continues to advertise on a local Major radio stations daily, one nd serves FOOD to the public.

Makes me wonder when you stop and think about it when was the last time the place was visited by the Health Dept for an inspection?

David Parker
David Parker 01/24/14 - 12:33 pm
it's like boxing. When a

it's like boxing. When a fighter should be stopped from hurting themselves. His business went south and had to be retired. Sad that it carries the 2 charges but could be much worse.

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