WINDOM — A local woman appeared in court Tuesday on her third and fourth criminal cases filed in less than two months.
Larrissa Ramos, 52, was contacted by law enforcement after a victim realized that several rings were missing from their home. The victim noted that they had previously hired Ramos to clean their house. The rings were valued at a total of $5,000.
In talking with an officer, Ramos allegedly admitted that she had stolen the rings and brought them to Pawn-It in Worthington, then added that she was sorry for doing it. Ramos also wrote a letter of apology to the victim.
She was charged with felony theft, which carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Ramos also faces theft charges in an unrelated case. She is accused of stealing a checkbook from a Cottonwood County resident who is on hospice care. The people who hold that individual's power of attorney checked the bank account and saw four checks made out to Ramos.
The four checks were all cashed in October and totaled $5,500. Each was signed by the victim and endorsed by Ramos, and all had been cashed at Fulda Area Credit Union in Windom. It was reported that Ramos had been at the house in early October.
When questioned, Ramos allegedly said she had stolen the checkbook and written the four checks to herself. She told law enforcement she knew that what she had done was wrong, and that she had done it to get money for drugs.
This case landed Ramos with another felony theft charge, as well as felony check forgery, which also carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. If she is convicted of any of the charges, Ramos will receive a sentence based on her criminal history.