Women Sought In Area Burglaries Surrender

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WACO (October 23, 2013) Two women wanted in connection with a string of residential burglaries in North Waco and the China Spring area turned themselves in Thursday.

Jennifer Marie Beck (left) and Brandi Rene Keel (Jail photos)

Jennifer Marie Beck, 26, and Brandi Rene Keel, 24 were named in warrants issued on Wednesday after police recovered property stolen in the break-ins including jewelry and other items Tuesday morning in a search of a rural home at 1585 Washington Lane.

Beck was in the McLennan County Jail Thursday afternoon charged with burglary of a habitation and with possession of methamphetamine in an unrelated case.

Her bonds totaled $260,000.

Keel was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond, charged with burglary of a habitation.

Additional warrants could be issued for the two women and for others wanted in connection the burglaries, Waco police Sgt. W. Swanton said.

Several people were detained during the search Tuesday, but no one was arrested at the scene.

"Detectives working the case now also know who has several firearms that were stolen during the series of burglaries. We are waiting the see if they are returned. If not additional warrants may be issued for other individuals as well," Swanton said.

The property recovered from the home Tuesday morning, including jewelry, a musical instrument and other items will be returned to the owners, Swanton said.

In an unrelated, but parallel case, Richard "Tanner" Ozment, 25, of China Spring remained jailed Thursday, charged in connection with a string of burglaries of homes and churches in the China Spring area.

Ozment was arrested by McLennan County Sheriff's deputies last Friday night on a warrant charging three counts of burglary.

He was named in two additional burglary complaints on Tuesday and two more were filed on Wednesday, authorities said.

Of the seven counts with which he’s now charged, two stem two break-ins at the same home and five from break-ins at Bosqueville Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in China Spring, Grace Baptist Church in China Spring, Oak Grove Baptist Church in China Spring and the Apostolic Tabernacle of China Spring.

None of the property taken in those burglaries has been recovered, authorities said.

Ozment was first arrested Thursday on one count of failure to comply as a sex offender, but posted bond Friday afternoon.

He was rearrested after warrants were issued on the burglary charges.

Brandi Rene Keel (Jail photo)