The Ghosts of Rockport Restaurant Repeat Offenders
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – We’ve done several convenience store stories over the years involving a local businessman named Augustin Balboa III.
He runs a local appliance repair business, but the stories we did were about customer complaints. Specifically, he collects money for the parts, but rarely delivers the parts or reimburses his customers.
The owner of the family restaurant Rosita in Rockport shares his experience with Balboa and Triple A Restaurant Services.
“Legit or not, it looked like he had been in the business for a number of years,” said Zac Partenheimer, Rosita’s owner. “So he diagnosed the problem. He said I needed some parts.”
Partenheimer and his wife Monica told us about the day Augustin Balboa III of Triple A Restaurant Service walked into their restaurant and offered his services.
Partenheimer eventually hired him.
Balboa would order two burners for the restaurant’s gas stove. The total cost?
On February 1, Partenheimer paid Balboa.
With Oysterfest and Spring Break coming, and the restaurant’s business increasing, he wanted to make sure the kitchen was ready.
Convenience stores reported customer complaints we received about Balboa as far back as 2010.
We were in a Nueces County court in August 2018 when he was facing charges of exploiting a minor, an elderly person or a disabled person.
He was charged with collecting money for parts and repair services, but never providing the services, which is a third degree felony.
His company was formerly called A&B Appliance Repair.
So when the 51-year-old appliance repairman stopped communicating with the Partenheimers, they started doing their own research on him.
Since Tuesday, March 1, convenience stores have been calling Balboa every day, giving him the opportunity to tell us his side of this story.
He did not return our calls.
We went to look for the address he had given at the Partenheimers. He does not exist.
The Partenheimers say they contacted Rockport police about it.
They say it’s an open investigation, so they can’t comment. In the meantime, it will be business as usual with Rosita, and a hard lesson learned.
We checked Balboa’s background. He has multiple cases pending in Nueces County, but no convictions.
We will continue to check this and let you know what develops.