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Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Arrest in Vancouver, Wash., 'use the phone' thefts

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Police in Vancouver say they've made an arrest in a scam that involved a woman asking to use the home phones of elderly residents, then stealing from them.
The Columbian reported that 40-year-old Christina Higdon of Vancouver was arrested Tuesday. She was booked into the Clark County Jail for investigation of three counts of third-degree theft, possession of methamphetamine, two outstanding felony warrants and two misdemeanor warrants.
Police say the phone scammer knocked on residents' doors over the past month and a half, asking to use the phone. When she left the homes, residents would find that a purse or money was missing. Most victims were in their 70s and 80s.
Police are continuing their investigation.
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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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