A Boulder County man accused of running a vintage audio repair business but failing to actually repair orders or return the items failed to appear for his first court date earlier this month.
Noah Lee Schumacher, 28, was arrested in August on suspicion of theft between $20,000 and $100,000 and computer crimes between $20,000 and $100,000.
He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, but court records indicate he failed to show for his scheduled court appearance on Sept. 3. A warrant for his arrest with a $5,000 surety bond has since been issued, according to court records.
According to an affidavit, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office was first contacted in March by someone who said they sent rare vintage stereo equipment and a $600 repair fee to Schumacher, who does business as Vintage Audio Restorations & Analysis and has a listed address on Left Fork Road in western Boulder County.
The man said it was supposed to take three months to repair, but that he had yet to receive the equipment back as of a follow-up interview in May.
A Boulder County detective assigned the case said he then uncovered a theft report filed against Schumacher by someone in New York. As the detective continued to investigate, he found a website, several blogs, and social media posts dedicated to customers who said they were scammed by Schumacher.
The detective put out a call for possible victims on one of the social media pages and had received 15 voicemails by the next day, according to the affidavit. In total, the detective determined that there are 17 possible victims from across the country that suffered a total loss of $35,244, including $15,844 in unreimbursed repair and shipping charges and $19,400 in equipment that was never returned.
According to the affidavit, in all of the cases Schumacher would request payment up front and told customers the repairs would take several months. Once that time passed and customers began calling him, Schumacher would cease all communications.
A deputy who had served civil papers to Schumacher at his home said he saw boxes containing electronic equipment on the front porch and inside the residence on Jan. 30.