MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach police are asking the public's help in locating a man wanted in connection with a pawn shop break-in and an attempted ATM break-in back in 2011.
Melvin James Bennett, 47, from Dalzell, South Carolina, is wanted by Myrtle Beach Police. He is described as a 5-foot-11-inch tall black man, 180 pounds in weight with short black hair and brown eyes.
On August 15, 2011, police responded to an ATM alarm the 1500 block of Oak Street to find damage the machine, and a possible suspect walking away from the area, according to a Myrtle Beach Police report. The man was detained, but with no evidence that he was involved in the ATM damage, he was free to go. The police report lists Bennett as a suspect in this incident.
Another police report details a break-in and burglary from a pawn shop in the 1100 block of 3rd Avenue South in Myrtle Beach, also on August 15, 2011. Police responded to the location to find the front window of the shop smashed out with a large rock, and the metal gate ripped from the wall. Police found blood on broken pieces of glass outside the shop. The shop owner said no items were missing, and surveillance video showed the suspect leaving the shop just seconds after entering.
Bennett is listed as a suspect in this incident as well. If you know the whereabouts of Bennett, you are asked to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department and reference cases 11-013575 and 11-013581.