At approximately 6:15 a.m. November 2, 2016, Haywood County Deputies responded to the Haywood Regional Medical Fitness Center in reference to 9 cars being broken into.
Upon arrival, Haywood County investigators observed each vehicle had broken windows, and items stolen included purses, wallets and electronics.
While investigators were on scene at the fitness center, they learned Waynesville Police Department officers were also conducting their own investigation into four car break-ins that occurred near the same time in the Waynesville City Limits in the area of the Waynesville Recreation Center.
The Waynesville Police Department was able to identify the suspect’s vehicle involved with the Waynesville Recreation Center car break-ins, and they shared this information with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.
A Haywood County deputy located the suspect vehicle parked at the Motel 6 in Waynesville and noticed a woman, Bonnie Gail Bernard, 32, of Loganville Georgia, standing near the car.
As some investigators spoke with Bernard, others were searching the area and found several purses that belonged to the victims from the Haywood Regional Medical Fitness Center incident.
Officials believe Bernard did not work alone, so they will continue to seek out the others involved. Investigators believe all parties are not locals.
Bernard was arrested on the following charges November 3, 2016:
9 counts of felony break or enter a motor vehicle, 7 counts of misdemeanor larceny from a motor vehicle, 7 counts of possession of stolen goods/ property and 9 counts of misdemeanor injury to real property.
Several of those who were victims to these crimes were able to get back their personal belongings because of the collaborative efforts made between the Waynesville Police Department and Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.