By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen police nabbed one sister burglarizing a home while the other one was too fast to catch, and investigator said.

Tanya Rose Gugino, 22, of Killeen was in Killeen Jail late Friday in lieu of a $30,000 bond set by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on a charge of burglary of a habitation, said KPD Investigator Charles Dinwiddie.

Her sister, Joni Nicole Gugino, 21, also of Killeen was on the loose and was being sought by KPD on the same charge, Dinwiddie said.

Joni Gugino is described as a white woman 5-foot tall and weighing 115 pounds.

If her whereabouts are known, residents should not attempt to apprehend the suspect, but rather should call the Killeen Police Department at 501-8830 or 911, if its an emergency, Dinwiddie said.

The incident occurred at 11:38 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 500 block of Skyline Avenue, where witnesses and the responding officer positively identified the Gugino sisters as the persons who broke out a window, entered the apartment and stole a DVD player and Xbox game system while the resident was not home, Dinwiddie said.

When the first officer arrived on the scene, Dinwiddie said he allegedly saw Joni Gugino with stolen property in her hand and observed her place the property in a waiting car in the driveway prior to fleeing on foot.

The officer gave chase but did not catch Joni Gugino, Dinwiddie said. She is still at large.

The investigator said Tanya Gugino was sitting in the vehicle in the driveway, and she was arrested on outstanding KPD warrants and was subsequently charged with burglary of a habitation.

Dinwiddie said the Gugino family is familiar with the law.

The sisters mother and father were both in Bell County Jail on Friday, each on a burglary of a habitation charge.

Beverly Ann Gugino, 39, was being held Friday in lieu of a total of $100,000 in bonds set April 1 by Judge Cooke on a local charge of burglary of a habitation and a Bell County warrant charging her with the same offense, court records show.

Rodney Anthony Gugino, 44, was being on a $50,000 bond on a Bell County warrant accusing him of burglary of a habitation set by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Garland K. Potvin.

On Dec. 6, 2004, Joni Gugino, aka Diamond, was assessed a $50,000 bond set by Cooke on a charge of possession of cocaine over 1 gram, under 4 grams.

On Nov. 19, 2004, the sisters brother, Anthony Slavatore Gugino, 19, of Killeen was sentenced to 90 days in the Bell County Jail, with 52 days credit, for an Aug. 17, 2004, charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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