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Batavia man sentenced to six years for identity theft

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 5:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 8:09 a.m. CDT
Edward R. Arbet

BATAVIA – A Batavia man has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft.

Edward R. Arbet, 55, had been charged with aggravated identity theft, theft exceeding $300, unlawful use of a credit card and two counts of forgery, all felonies. He also was ordered to pay $1,800.17 in restitution.

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

A police investigation began in early June, 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 had said.

Arbet also signed the victim's name on at least two receipts, police said. He was charged with stealing more than $1,500 in cash and goods.

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

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