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WATER VALLEY – The Water Valley Police Department is investigating a break-in reported Sunday afternoon on Clay Street. Chief Jason Mangrum reported the incident occurred around 2 p.m. and was reported approximately 40 minutes later. Officers were on the scene in three minutes after it was reported.
Mangrum reported video surveillance shows two men first knocked on a rear door of the house. When no one answered, the door was forced open and the men were only inside for a short time.
“They stole some guns and got out. There are two black males who are persons of interest in this case,” Mangrum added.
A video of the break-in has been posted on the department’s Facebook page to see if the public can help identify the suspects.
Other activity reported by the chief includes:
• Marcus L. Robinson, age 41, was arrested for aggravated assault on Dec. 1. The arrest occurred after officers discovered a severely beaten 68-year old man inside his apartment on Blackmur Drive while conducting a welfare check at the request of officials with the Water Valley Housing Authority. The victim was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for treatment.
Robinson was arrested at the scene.
“He walked up to the scene while we were still there,” the chief explained.
Statements from witnesses indicated that Robinson was the only person who had entered or exited the apartment during the time of the altercations. Mangrum also said Robinson’s personal items were found inside the apartment. He also told the Herald evidence indicates there were multiple altercations over the course of two or three days prior to the welfare check.
Robinson, who has prior felony convictions, remains in custody in the Yalobusha County Detention Center.
• Eric Caldwell was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The arrest came during a traffic stop on Main Street on Nov. 19.
• Christopher Brooks was charged with possession of methamphetamine on Nov. 4. Mangrum said the arrest came as officers were running a driver’s license checkpoint on North Main Street. Brooks was also cited for no driver’s license.