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Vermont DMV makes identity theft arrest

SOUTH BURLINGTON - An officer with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles today arrested Brian Wells, age 26, of Boston, Mass., at the DMV branch office on North Avenue in Burlington and charged him with attempting to obtain an operator's license using a stolen identity.

Vermont DMV Detective Peter Bottino responded to the Burlington DMV office after receiving a call from DMV Customer Service Specialist Sara Jelen. Wells is also suspected of obtaining two other Vermont photo operator's licenses containing stolen identities: one from the Springfield DMV branch and the other from the Bennington office.

Wells' photo was distributed to DMV counter staff, who were instructed to be on the lookout for him. Wells is suspected of committing numerous frauds in California and Massachusetts using fraudulently obtained Vermont licenses. Charges are also expected in those jurisdictions.

Wells was lodged at the North West Regional Correctional Center in Chittenden County with bail set at $50,000.

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