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Batavia man charged with identity theft

BATAVIA – Bail has been set at $50,000 for a Batavia man who has been charged with aggravated identity theft and other felony charges following a month-long investigation.

Edward R. Arbet, 55, of the 600 block of North Prairie Street, was charged Wednesday with aggravated identity theft, theft exceeding $300, unlawful use of a credit card and two counts of forgery, all felonies. He post 10 percent of the bail to be released from Kane County Jail.

The identity theft is considered aggravated because the victim, a Batavia man, is more than 60 years old, said Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz.

The investigation began in early June 2014, when a store owner reported that Arbet attempted to use a stolen credit card he obtained from an acquaintance to purchase clothing, police said. Arbet continued to use the credit card for goods and cash withdrawals.

"He used it at [at] least three stores in Batavia, and an ATM or two," Bretz said.

Arbet also signed the victim's name on at least two receipts, police said.

He is alleged to have stolen more than $1,500 in cash and goods. If convicted on all counts, Arbet could face a maximum jail sentence of 27 years.

Arbet has been charged by Batavia police in the past for such offenses as disorderly conduct, criminal trespass to land and illegal possession of open alcohol.

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