Police: Rolex stolen from murdered liquor store owner

Published: May. 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM EDT
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Matthew Renken
Matthew Renken

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police provided new information Thursday in regards to the murder of a man found inside his business, Port City Liquors, in late April.

North Charleston Police Department Captain Scott Deckard said there were signs of a struggle in the Dorchester Road business of 39-year-old Matthew Renken, found dead by his stepfather around 8 a.m. on Apr. 23.

Deckard also said Renken, found lying next to a handgun on the floor of the store, was missing his gold Rolex watch that he described as "very valuable."

Police want to get information on the watch to the public in case it was seen or bought on EBay, Craigslist or at a local pawn shop.

Deckard said at this point police do not believe any money was taken from the store after Renken was shot.

When asked whether the handgun belonged to Renken and if it was the gun used to shoot him, Cpt. Deckard said he would not comment on that part of the investigation.

Investigators believe the shooting happened between 10 p.m. Apr. 22 and 1 a.m., Apr. 23. Deckard said the list of suspects was getting shorter, but would not name any of them.

Deckard said "people were traveling back and forth through the parking lot, whether that's through video evidence or statements that we've obtained through other people that were out that night." The police captain says it's a very real possibility some of those people saw more than detectives know at this point and are asking them to come forward.

The North Charleston Police Department say Renken's body was found at the back of the liquor store on Dorchester Road on April 23.

Authorities say when officers arrived , the store's front door was locked. Officers then went to the rear of the store where they found the rear door standing open and a man standing behind a vehicle.
Police say the man flagged police over and said that he thought his stepson might be dead.
A police report states that one of the officers then entered the store and found Renken's body in the back of the shop in an office. A black handgun was laying on the floor next to him.

Based on two weeks of investigation, the Charleston County Coroner was confident enough to rule Renken's death as a homicide. Rae Wooten said she was waiting on forensics to help her make a decision.

Police ask anyone with information to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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