Murder victim's pick-up searched, may be 'break in case'

Murder victim's pick-up searched, may be 'break in case'
Roy Bennett (Source: Tim Bennett)
Roy Bennett (Source: Tim Bennett)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Locked up behind a rusted gate at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office sits a vehicle that may break open a murder investigation. Hanahan Police had a 2009 silver Toyota Tacoma towed to the lot after it was found in the parking lot of a Goose Creek Wal-Mart.

The truck's owner was killed Sunday in his bedroom.

71-year-old Roy Bennett's truck was missing when police showed up at his home.

Four hours after Bennett was found dead, Police say someone dropped off his pick-up seven miles away in a parking lot.

Authorities say they have surveillance video that shows a man dropping off Bennett's truck at a Wal-mart in Goose Creek around 4:25 p.m. on Sunday.

Investigators say the video shows the male subject then walking towards Murphy's gas station.

Lieutenant Michael Fowler said the Tacoma was found by a Goose Creek police officer around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Police say that the truck was found in good, clean condition.

Bennett was found dead in his Lombardi Lane home in an 'unnatural manner' around 1 p.m. Sunday. Authorities have said that they believed the vehicle was taken between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Investigators say they believe that the person caught on the surveillance tape will help them find out who murdered Bennett. SLED completed the search of the vehicle for evidence. Police are also in the process of obtaining surveillance video from a nearby gas station.

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old man is currently behind bars accused of forging checks from Bennett's bank account. Harry Dupree is accused of forging 13 checks totaling just under $10,000.

The checks were cashed starting on June 14 at the Navy Federal Credit Union on Rivers Avenue. The last check cleared five days before Bennett was found dead in his home in Hanahan.

Dupree told police he was working with a woman who used to live next door to Bennett. He says the woman was blackmailing the 71-year-old. Dupree is still in jail and is not considered a murder suspect.

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