Charges have been dropped against three brothers accused of trying to steal a dog at gunpoint three years ago outside a North Charleston motel.

Huger residents Deangelo Carlie Wright, 22, and Carey Demetrius Wright, 23, as well as Melvin Wright Jr., 28, no longer face the count of attempted robbery in the Feb. 13, 2011, incident, according to court records. The charge also has been removed from records on file with the State Law Enforcement Division.

A Georgia man staying at 7415 Northside Drive had told North Charleston police that a man held him at gunpoint while two other men tried to take his dog.

The man said he refused to give up his pet, so the robbers drove off.

Responding to the man's call for help, police stopped a car that they said matched a description of the suspects' vehicle. A pistol was found in its glove compartment.

It is legal to store a firearm in a latched vehicle compartment such as a glove box.

The vehicle's occupants, the Wrights, were arrested. They were booked into Charleston County's jail but released on bail that day.

Melvin Wright said recently that the charges were dropped in 2012. He and his brothers had talked with the man at the motel, but their encounter was "just a peaceful meeting," he said.

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