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Tire theft charges dismissed

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By Staff Reports

INDEPENDENCE — A husband and wife arrested in connection with the alleged theft of four tires from Independence Tire have had their grand larceny charges dismissed.
Ezra Allen Royal, 55, and Nellie Victoria Lisle Royal, 44, both of Galax, appeared in Grayson County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.
The felony charges were dismissed after the judge found no evidence to send the case to a grand jury.
The Royals were charged on Dec. 3, 2012. An employee claimed he saw the couple remove tires from a storage trailer, but Royal said he and his wife had permission to pick up the tires from the business.
The Royals’ charges were reduced to trespassing, a misdemeanor. They each paid a fine of $536.