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SBI helping with home invasion investigation

Investigators are still looking for suspects who forced their way into a couple’s home last week.

Johnny and Betty Marklin, parents of Mocksville Mayor Will Marklin, were home last Monday evening. A man wearing a vest with a stripe came to their door, saying he was from a utility company. When asked for identification, he and another man forced their way in, tied both victims, beat Mr. Marklin about the head and ransacked the house, stealing a few items. The victims called 911 at about 9 p.m.

Mocksville police are being aided in the investigation by the SBI. A forensic sketch artist from  South Carolina’s SLED is working on a suspect sketch.

“We are working diligently to identify the suspects,” said Mocksville Police Chief Pat Reagan. He said investigators have several leads and persons of interest they are looking into. He had said earlier that it appeared the suspects were looking for something they couldn’t find.

The incident occurred on the 800 block of S. Main St., and investigators are looking for surveillance footage or information from Monday evening, Aug. 24. Contact Det. Cameron Jones at 336-753-6710.