SMITHFIELD – A 52 year-old truck stolen from a local farmer has been recovered. In June, the 1969 Chevy C50 truck was taken from a field on Old Dupree Road. It was last seen by a neighbor being driven towards Smithfield but they were unable to see the driver.
JW Hughes Farms of Smithfield turned to social media and Johnston County Report to publish photos of the stolen truck and offered a reward for its return.
On September 3rd, a citizen who knew about the stolen truck spotted it alongside Interstate 95 in Smithfield just a few miles from where it had been taken.
A deputy was dispatched and located the truck and a suspect, 31 year-old Allen Clark Bennett of Goldsboro.
Authorities said the truck had stopped beside I-95 because it had run out of gas. Bennett was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
The truck was returned to its owner.