Charges mount against Vancouver woman in use-the-phone theft case

Suspect now faces 12 counts of stealing from elderly

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Charges against a Vancouver woman continue to mount as investigators learn of more alleged thefts from elderly residents.

Christina L. Higdon, 40, now faces 12 charges related to the string of thefts. In each case, a woman convinced the victims to let her into their homes to use the phone, then stole money from purses and wallets.

Higdon was previously arraigned in Clark County Superior Court on nine of the charges, including one count of first-degree theft, seven counts of second-degree theft and possession of methamphetamine. On Friday, she appeared on suspicion of an additional three thefts.

Most victims were in their 70s or 80s, according to police. Higdon's trial is scheduled for Aug. 26.

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