Carl James Bourque, 44 of Marietta, and Bobbie Jean Colston, 31, of Woodstock were arrested after an anonymous tip from a man who reported the whereabouts of the trailer to Cobb County police around 7:30 p.m. Thursday after seeing the story on the news.
Cobb police then notified Woodstock Police investigators, who found the trailer in a parking lot of Sun Suites at 3174 Barrett Lakes Blvd. in Kennesaw, said Brittany Duncan, spokesman for Woodstock Police Department.
The man who contacted authorities helped police identify the truck that he said had pulled the trailer into the parking lot on Tuesday. Hotel management then told police which room the two suspects were staying in, Duncan said.
Colston and Bourque were arrested without incident and are being held at Cobb County Adult Detention Center.
Bourque is being held without bond on multiple felony charges, including possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of false identification, and unlawful manufacture of IDs, after police found numerous fraudulent driver’s licenses in the hotel room, and willfully mirepresenting the identification of a vehicle after allegedly removing the VIN number from the stolen trailer, according to warrants taken in the case.
Bourque is also charged with obstructing police and misdemeanor theft by receiving stolen property.
Colston is charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and two misdemeanor charges of willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer and theft by receiving stolen property. Her bond is set at $11,220.
Duncan said Woodstock police are in the process of securing warrants to charge Bourque and Colston in Cherokee County for the theft of the trailer.
The trailer has been returned to The Hope Center, but without all of its contents, Duncan said.
“At the time it was taken, five cribs were located inside the trailer,” Duncan said. “Two of those cribs have been recovered.”
Investigators did not release any further information on the third suspect, but according to arrest warrants, Bourque admitted to taking the trailer at the request of someone he identified as “Joe.”
The trailer, containing cribs and mattresses that were to go to low-income mothers, was taken from the Hope Center in Woodstock between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.Wednesday. The trailer was reported missing about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Lori Griffin, director of communication for The Hope Center, said in a release Friday that response and support from the community has been overwhelming.
“Businesses and individuals contacted The Hope Center offering everything from cribs, mattresses, a trailer and monetary donations,” Griffin said. “The staff of The Hope Center and Baby & More Store feels they have experienced a real life example of Genesis 50:20, in ‘What man meant for evil, God meant for good.’”