A former McLennan County adult probation officer was arrested early Thursday in connection with what the McLennan County Sheriff's Office called a multi-county theft and burglary ring.

Brittany Gail Hanzlicek, 29, was one of several suspects arrested this week on second-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity in the case, which involved a crime ring spanning McLennan, Lampasas, Navarro and Bell counties, officials said.

Hazlicek was terminated from her position within the last month, authorities said.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hanzlicek worked with several other people over several months to steal property and conceal it at her Speegleville home. The group coordinated to sell or trade the property for money or drugs, the affidavit states.

Multiple search warrants uncovered property hidden around the county. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara estimated that more than $130,000 in property was taken from several private and commercial properties in Central Texas.

Others arrested on the organized crime charge include Barry Blagg, 54, Robert Carr, 29, Robert Sears, 47, Heather Denise McHargue, 39, and Tamra Nicole Robinson, 41. They were being held Thursday in McLennan County Jail, each with bond listed at $40,000. Hanzlicek and Carr had been released on bond by Thursday evening.

Deputies announced Thursday they are seeking the public's help in locating Nathan Wade Cross, 30, and Lydon "Wesley" McHargue, 42. The remaining two suspects were expected to be arrested by the end of the day, authorities said.

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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