Vancouver woman accused of stealing from elderly

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver woman, accused in a string of thefts that targeted elderly people, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court. In each case, a woman convinced the victims to let her into their home to use the phone, then stole money from purses and wallets.

Christina L. Higdon, 40, faces a charge of residential burglary and second-degree theft at her Friday arraignment. She is being held without bail.

In the latest case, the 67-year-old victim let Higdon into her home in the 2900 block of O Street in Vancouver on June 29. While inside, Higdon stole the victim's purse and then left via the back door, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court. The purse contained $1,250 in cash and three access devices, the affidavit says.

The victim followed Higdon into the backyard and confronted her, the court document says. Higdon then allegedly threw the purse over the fence and fled through the victim's house and out the front door. A witness said Higdon then retrieved the purse on the other side of the fence, according to court documents.

On Friday, Higdon pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft and methamphetamine possession, with some charges related to thefts from other elderly victims.

Most victims were in their 70s or 80s, according to police. Her trial on the first charges is scheduled for Aug. 26.

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