Arrest made in theft of Jeep from Lebanon car dealership

Female companion not believed to be involved after all

 WEST LEBANON - The suspect accused of fraudulently tricking a Lebanon car dealership into giving him a brand new Jeep last week was arrested Thursday afternoon after he was spotted on Main Street in West Lebanon.

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    Peter Dotzel, 36, was taken into custody by Lebanon patrol officers and detectives who transported him to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending his arraignment on a felony charge of theft by deception.  Dotzel also has outstanding warrants from Pennsylvania listing him as a fugitive from justice due to similar theft by deception charges and a pending parole violation in that state.

    The stolen Jeep has since been recovered in Fairlee, Vermont and a female companion of Dotzel's, whose picture was taken from a surveillance camera at the car dealership and circulated a week ago as part of the investigation, has now been identified and interviewed by police who said that as a result they now do not believe she'd been aware of the fraudulent activity.

    Prior to Thursday's arrest police had said that Dotzel was believed to be moving between the Piermont, New Hampshire area and Jeffersonville and Stowe in Vermont.   Police said Dotzel has been known to go by "Peter Smith" and other aliases in the past.

Peter Dotzel, 36, is facing extradition to Pennsylvania because of outstanding warrants

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