photo courtesy of the Garland Police Department

GARLAND, Texas — An arrest has been made after a man allegedly stole a trailer from a local Boy Scout troop.

Garland Police Department says their investigation into 34-year-old Stephen Cook started in June when Cook tried to sell a stolen trailer on Offer Up, a popular buy-sell-trade app.

Just before midnight on August 10, 2020, police observed Cook at a gas station in the 3000 block of South Jupiter Road in a red Dodge Ram pickup truck, but lost sight of him. Police say officers drove by Cook's house but did not see his truck.

Officers returned to Cook's residence approximately two hours later and observed a single box trailer parked on the street in front of the house.

"It was discovered the trailer belonged to the Boys Scouts of America Troop 291 and was stolen from a church parking lot in the 3100 block of Spring Creek Parkway in Plano just after 1:00 am this morning," stated the department.

"Plano Police recovered video from the church showing the red Dodge Ram arriving in the parking lot without a trailer. The video shows two subjects exit the truck, hook the trailer up, and then flee from the location with the trailer attached."

While Garland police officers spoke to the Plano Police Department in reference to the stolen trailer, Cook returned to his residence.

Officers watched Cook connect the trailer to the truck and start driving away, stated Garland police.

Garland officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested Cook who is currently in the Garland jail on theft charges. Bond information was not available at the time of press.

The Garland Police Department says they will be working with the Plano Police Department during the investigation.