Lebanon Police Seek Help Locating Wanted Man in Possession of Jeep Allegedly Stolen from Dealership


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Female Also Sought in Case

On June 21, at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Lebanon Police took a report from a local car dealership regarding a vehicle that was allegedly obtained by fraud.  According to Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello, the dealership reported that a male subject, accompanied by a white female, came to the dealership and entered into an agreement to purchase a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, color gray, with New Hampshire dealer registration plate 229-7669. The male subject is identified by the police as Peter P. Dotzel, age 36, last known to be living in Pennsylvania. Dotzel allegedly took possession of the vehicle and was supposed to return to the dealership to finalize the deal, but failed to do so. “It was later determined that information presented by Dotzel to obtain the vehicle was fraudulent,” said Mello in a statement. 

Unidentified Female Companion

Similar type vehicle, not actual vehicle

Second Suspect Vehicle

The Lebanon Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Dotzel. Dotzel is seen in surveillance photos accompanied by an unidentified white female. The couple arrived in a black newer style Jeep Cherokee, with Pennsylvania plates. Dotzel is believed to be moving between the Piermont, NH, area and the area of Jeffersonville and Stowe, VT. 
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Dotzel is currently wanted on Theft and Fraud Charges out of Pennsylvania as well as a Parole Violation. He is approximately 5’8” tall, 230 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is known to go by Peter Smith and has other possible aliases, said Mello. 
“If you see Dotzel, see or can identify the female companion pictured or see the stolen Jeep, or the black Jeep with Pennsylvania tags, please contact your local authorities immediately and/or contact the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212,” said Mello. The public can submit anonymous tips through the department’s tip-line, 603-448-CLUE or online at LebanonNH.gov/CLUE.

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