A reward is being offered for information on the whereabouts of a man wanted for thefts at local retailers.
In late October, detectives began investigating a series of transactions at a Cut Off hardware store wherein a male subject had purchased several items with checks, which were later, canceled by the issuing bank.
The man, later identified as Tate Callais, 44, had used his true identity in some transactions and a false identity for others. He also returned some of the items purchased with the checks and obtained cash back for them.
Callais had purchased nearly $800 in merchandise from the store within a five-day period, and returned some of the items for which he received over $500 in cash back.
Investigators made contact with Callais by phone on multiple occasions, but Callais refused to meet with deputies about the transactions, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Then, on December 24, deputies responded to a Larose grocery store in reference to a theft.
Through the investigation, deputies learned a man had entered the store that morning claiming to represent a local company, which provides services to the oil and gas industry. Callais approached the cashier with over $600 worth of merchandise and gift cards and attempted to purchase the items with a purchase order number on behalf of the company.
The cashier had concerns about the transaction and called for a manager, but in the meantime, Callais left the store with the items for which he had not paid. The store manager then contacted the service company Callais claimed to represent and learned the purchase order did not exist.
Following an investigation, detectives developed Tate Callais as the suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Detectives are now seeking the public's help in locating Callais who has two warrants for felony theft and two for contempt of court with bond amounts totaling $17,500. Detectives believe Callais is residing in the Houma area, but he is known to visit the South Lafourche area frequently.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting "GIVEATIP" plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org
Posted on Tue, January 13, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette