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Theft charges filed in Vancouver acid attack hoax

Tue., Sept. 21, 2010

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A woman who splashed a caustic substance on her face and claimed a stranger had attacked her is facing three theft charges.

The felony charges filed Monday by Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik relate to more than $28,000 donated to benefit Bethany Storro after she was burned.

Her parents have said all money raised for her will be returned.

Golik said he issued an arrest warrant, but Storro was hospitalized as of Monday evening. He said he does not know why or where, although he said police know her location.

In court papers, Storro is quoted as saying she was trying to kill herself, or at least get a new face, when she put caustic drain cleaner on her face on Aug. 30. She admitted last week her injuries were self-inflicted.

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