Hewitt police arrested a woman Thursday who they believe stole property from multiple vehicles and homes in a neighborhood near Hewitt Park, Police Chief Jim Devlin said.

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle burglary and, while they were collecting information, got another report of a woman seen running out of a yard, Devlin said.

The woman, later identified as Kristin Elizabeth Copeland, 27, of Waco, fled from officers before they were able to detain her on Seminole Trail, he said. Copeland had items from homes and vehicles in the area in her possession, Devlin said.

Police arrested her on four second-degree felony charges of burglary of a habitation and four Class A misdemeanor charges of burglary of a vehicle. She is a suspect in burglaries dating back to October, Devlin said.

Officers also executed a search warrant at Copeland's home and found evidence linking her to other burglaries, he said. The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are possible, he said.

Hewitt Assistant Police Chief Tuck Sanders said Hewitt residents who believe their vehicles or homes were burglarized recently should contact the Hewitt Police Department to check on any recovered items.

He said anyone with home security systems that may have recorded a suspect also should contact police at 666-1661.

Copeland remained in McLennan County Jail on Friday with bond listed at $28,000.

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Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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