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Garage owner charged with selling customer's car for scrap

Posted May 16, 2013

— The owner of a Scotland Neck auto repair shop has been charged with selling a customer's car instead of repairing it, authorities said Thursday.

John T. Doyle, 50, was arrested Wednesday on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and failure to perform work after being paid. He was released on a $2,500 bond.

A customer left his car with Doyle's Garage to be repaired more than a year ago, authorities said. Doyle repeatedly told the customer that the repairs weren't completed and then said that the car had been stolen, but investigators said they determined that Doyle had sold the car to a nearby scrap metal yard.


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  • Sherlock May 17, 2013

    A whole year???

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  • Teacher-Scientist May 16, 2013

    Why did it take so long for the owner to get suspicious? Similar to one commenter, my car is rarely in the shop more than 2 hours- let alone three days. However, if the car was some kind of a classic and was taken for restorative repair, it would not be uncommon for the work to take several months. Wonder if the car has been crushed yet...

  • umop apisdn May 16, 2013

    This isn't even news, it's police blotter material.

  • whatelseisnew May 16, 2013

    Hmm, one of my vehicles is not even good enough for scrap. I still drive it though. waste not want not. I can not figure out why this guy did not get suspicious. The longest I have ever left a vehicle in the shop was three days, and it was that long only because they had to order a part. The actual repair did not take that long.

  • k9sandQtrs May 16, 2013

    scared that the same thing has happened to a friend of mine.... she paid for repairs in advance and now the guy won't give the car back! :(

  • C6-YA May 16, 2013

    Stupid is as stupid does...

  • 007KnightRider May 16, 2013

    The owner just won himself a lawsuit. It should be a nice chunk of change.

  • Obamacare survives May 16, 2013

    This is how you know your car is in such bad shape, it's unfixable.