Schuyler County man arrested on stealing, drug related charges
Information from a southeast Iowa law enforcement agency helped solve a northeast Missouri stolen car case, and also lead to drug charges for one northeast Missouri man.
Schuyler County Sheriff Josh Dole says a car was stolen Monday from Tallman Auto Parts in Lancaster, Mo.
The next day, his office got a call from Centerville Police saying the 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix that had been reported stolen was located at Centerville Iron and Metal, where the suspect sold it for scrap.
On Wednesday, Dole was able to identify the suspect on surveillance footage from the scrap yard as Robert Benedict, 33, of Lancaster.
When the Sheriff went to the Lancaster residence where Benedict had been staying, he caught the suspect with illegal drugs.
Dole says Benedict confessed to smoking meth right before the Sheriff and Deputies arrived.
During questioning about the stolen car, Benedict admitted to stealing the car and driving it to Centerville where he sold it for $250.
Benedict now faces four drug-related charges, including one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Marijuana), a Class A Misdemeanor, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (less than 35 grams of Marijuana), a Class A Misdemeanor, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Methamphetamine), a Class D Felony, and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a Class C Felony.
He's also charged one count of stealing, a Class C Felony.
Benedict is currently being held in the Schuyler County Jail on $25,000 cash-only bond.