Thefts from homes net woman five years

first_imgA Vancouver woman was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for hoodwinking elderly victims into letting her into their homes and then stealing their money and valuables when they weren’t looking.Christina L. Higdon, 40, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to one count of first-degree theft, nine counts of second-degree theft, three counts of third-degree theft, possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of payment instruments and possession of methamphetamine.“In my short time on the bench, I think I’ve seen quite a bit of the human condition,” said Judge David Gregerson. “I have to say this displays stunning amorality.”Gregerson said he was particularly disturbed by the “predatory nature” of the crimes, in which Higdon targeted elderly people who were willing to “help out a neighbor” by allowing her to use the phone or have a drink of water.“It disheartened me a lot,” victim Patricia Dunford said of the crime. Dunford, 70, allowed Higdon into her home after Higdon asked to use the phone. Higdon ran off with Dunford’s purse containing $850 in cash, which Dunford had planned to use to pay her bills. Dunford said she couldn’t chase Higdon because she has bad knees.last_img

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