Ybarra brothers arrested in fraud shenaniganWORTHINGTON — One is out of jail on bond awaiting a jury trial, the other owes more than $4,000 in unpaid court fines and fees, and both were sitting in the Nobles County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.
WORTHINGTON — One is out of jail on bond awaiting a jury trial, the other owes more than $4,000 in unpaid court fines and fees, and both were sitting in the Nobles County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.
Lakefield brothers Ricky Ybarra and Roland Ybarra were arrested for financial card fraud on Sunday, along with 27-year-old Crystal Jo Trejo of Luverne, after authorities in Redwood Falls alerted the Worthington Police Department that a credit card taken during a burglary had been used at a Worthington retail store.
According to the criminal complaint, a Worthington police officer met with loss prevention personnel Saturday at the retail store and received a copy of surveillance video of a woman using the stolen credit card.
In the video, the woman was shown leaving the store with a man and getting into a white, four-door Chrysler.
The following day, a loss prevention employee contacted the officer and told him the same car was back at the store and at least one of the people involved was inside trying to return merchandise.
Officers went to the store and spotted the same vehicle.
The two people from the surveillance video were inside the car.
They were identified as Roland Ybarra and Trejo.
While being put in separate squad cars, Roland reached into his pocket and removed an electronic scale and a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine.
As he did, he allegedly stated the items belonged to “her,” referring to Trejo.
He claimed she gave him the items and told him to hide them.
The package of meth weighed 2.9 grams.
Another officer was inside the store and learned that Trejo had just returned items purchased with the stolen card and obtained a gift card.
Six minutes later, that gift card was used by Ricky Ybarra to make purchases.
When the officer confronted Ricky, he claimed he knew nothing about a stolen card.
Outside, Trejo was telling an officer she could not believe Roland had said the meth was hers, but admitted a syringe and needle with traces of meth were her possessions.
The items were found in the vehicle inside her purse, as was the stolen credit card.
A report from the Redwood Falls Police Department indicates the card was stolen from a thrift store during a burglary on May 27.
Roland is scheduled to go on trial in Jackson County in July on nine felonies regarding the sale of meth.
He and another brother, Ronnie Ybarra, were charged with selling meth to a confidential informant in March.
A year ago, Roland was charged with burglary and theft in Cottonwood County after stealing a television from a residence in Windom.
Ricky has an extensive criminal history that includes charges of tampering with a witness, criminal damage, fraud, drug possession and terroristic threats.
He is currently on probation for driving while impaired. Court fees, restitution and fines owed by Ricky total close to $5,000.
Bond was set at $5,000 with conditions for both Ybarras, and at $1,000 with conditions for Trejo.