CAMERON (June 4, 2012)-- Victoria Ibarra, 29, Katherine Marie Ellis, 43, and Amber Grace Ellis, 20, were charged with credit card abuse and engaging in organized crime after a Cameron woman’s debit card was used to make $1,500 in purchases.
The victim, who was not identified, told police she last used the card just before 1 p.m. on May 14 at Mike’s Convenience Store on West 4th Street in Cameron, where she made a $3.86 purchase.
Ibarra was the clerk at the store at the time of the purchase, according to a Cameron Police Department report.
The victim told investigators that when she contacted her bank to report the card missing, she discovered that the card had been used at businesses in Cameron and Temple including two shoe stores and a Victoria’s Secret.
According to a police report, the women told investigators that a man they knew only as “Joker” gave them the card, told them it was his mother’s and said he had permission to use it.
They said after the purchases were made, he met up with a friend, took the debit card, put the items in the friend’s car and drove off.
The three were ordered held in lieu of bonds totaling $12,000 each.