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Garage owner charged with selling customer's car for scrap

Posted May 16, 2013 2:50 p.m. EDT

— 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.