Woman denies string of home thefts



This woman allegedly stole from elderly people who let her into their homes. Christina L. Higdon, 40, of Vancouver has been charged with being the thief, and has pleaded not guilty.

A Vancouver woman pleaded not guilty Friday to a string of thefts that targeted elderly people by convincing them to let her into their homes.

Christina L. Higdon, 40, was charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft and methamphetamine possession.

Her trial is scheduled for Aug. 26.

She’s accused of knocking on victims’ doors and asking to use the phone. Afterward, residents noticed their purses or wallets were missing. Most victims were in their 70s or 80s, according to police.

Higdon’s criminal history dates to 1998, including a previous first-degree theft conviction.

Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; paris.achen@columbian.com.