CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested a 68-year-old man in Monday in connection to allegations that he had $2,009 worth of repairs done to his pickup back in January and only paid the $500 deductible.
James Richard Bowman was booked into the Houston County Jail on a state-jail felony theft between $1,500 and $20,000. No bail information was available.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett Police corporal met with the woman who is in charge of bookkeeping for Willie Josey's Quality Paint & Body Shop, which is located at 1053 East Loop 304 on May 29. The woman told him that Bowman had brought his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in for repairs in January.
Bowman picked up his truck a few weeks later, and he paid a $500 deductible on the truck and told them that his insurance would pay the remainder of the $2,009.55 bill, the affidavit stated.
The woman told the CPD officer that the business did not know that Bowman had requested his insurance company to send the check directly to him. When the woman called the insurance company, its representative told her that the check had been mailed to Bowman at his request, the affidavit stated.
The bookkeeper called Bowman several times, but he didn't answer, the affidavit stated.
When the woman saw Bowman at a Crockett bank on April 7, she allegedly told him to come by the business and clear up his past due account.
The woman asked about the insurance check, and Bowman said he had never gotten a check from the insurance company, the affidavit stated. The bookkeeper and Bowman both called the insurance company, and they learned that the check had been cashed on that same day. Bowman told the bookkeeper that he would swing by the business and pay the rest of his balance by April 10, but he never did, according to the affidavit.