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Embittered gay man stole family members' identities, Glendale police say

A 2012 Chevy Malibu available at Allen Gwyn Chevrolet
A 2012 Chevy Malibu available at Allen Gwyn Chevrolet

A Glendale man upset by his family’s treatment of him for being gay got back at them by stealing their identities, police say.

The Glendale News-Press reports that 24-year-old Christopher Higa allegedly used the identity of his 21-year-old brother Nicholas to set up a bank account, obtain credit cards and buy a brand-new 2012 Chevy Malibu from Allen Gwynn Chevrolet on South Brand Boulevard.

Higa also allegedly stole the identity of another sibling and his mother. He told police he hadn’t even spoken to his family for more than a year after they shunned him due to his sexual orientation, according to the News-Press.

Higa was allegedly going so far as to price-shop in his brother’s name, telling police he first picked up a Malibu at Toyota of Glendale before finding a better deal at Allen Gwynn, according to reports.

Higa has been charged with felony identity theft, grand theft auto, commercial burglary, issuing checks with insufficient funds, and grand theft of personal property. He remains in custody on $155,000 bail.

“I hope he goes to jail for a long time,” Higa’s brother Nicholas told the News-Press. A Glendale police detective piled on, stating that Higa “obviously has no morals or conscience.”