Two individuals, including a fast food restaurant manager, who stole overnight deposits from the restaurant were arrested. Stacey Pertuit, 31, of 400 East 40th Street in Cut Off, who is a shift manager at a McDonald's restaurant in Galliano, and Wallace Trosclair, 44, of 416 Church Street in Raceland are each facing theft and drug charges following the incident.
Monday deputies responded to a theft at the McDonald's restaurant where they learned a shift manager, Stacey Pertuit, had claimed an overnight deposit had been stolen from another employee's vehicle.
In reviewing surveillance video, deputies confirmed Pertuit had delivered the deposit bags to a truck in the parking lot, and shortly thereafter, an unidentified man driving a car pulled up behind the truck, took the bags, and fled with the deposits.
Detectives began an investigation by first questioning Pertuit about the incident. Pertuit told detectives she had arranged for Wallace Trosclair to deliver methamphetamine to the vehicle in exchange for $70, which he was to have taken from her purse. Instead, according to Pertuit, Trosclair left the methamphetamine but stole the overnight deposits. She also claimed she later confronted Trosclair about the incident and he gave her back a portion of the stolen deposits.
Pertuit voluntarily consented to a search of her home where detectives located a portion of the deposit money as well as 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Pertuit was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux for booking. Detectives were then able to obtain a warrant for Trosclair's arrest, as well as a search warrant for his home.
On Tuesday night they made contact with Trosclair at his residence and he was immediately taken into custody without incident. During the subsequent search, detectives located Pertuit's purse, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. During questioning, Trosclair admitted to stealing the deposits. Through further investigation, however, detectives learned Pertuit had allegedly recruited Trosclair to steal the deposits.
Both Trosclair and Pertuit were booked into the Detention Center on charges of felony theft, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wallace is being held in lieu of $7,500 bond as set by Judge Simpson. Pertuit is being held in lieu of $5,500 bond as set by Judge Simpson, and she is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole due to a probation violation.
Posted on Fri, September 12, 2014
by The Lafourche Gazette