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December 8, 2023

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Community warned of stolen Wyoming vehicle titles

Several stolen Wyoming titles recovered in local auto theft investigation

Boulder County, Colo. - The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, would like to warn our community members about the potential of encountering fraudulent vehicle titles after a batch of blank Wyoming title stock was discovered to have been stolen from a Wyoming county. Detectives with the Boulder County Sheriff’s, along with local partners from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), recently encountered several of these stolen Wyoming titles in relation to an ongoing investigation into motor vehicle thefts.

According to a press release from the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT):

“Some of these blank titles, which have control numbers ranging from 8790001 to 8790500, have been used for criminal purposes in the state of Colorado. The control numbers are located at the lower right side of the title in silver print with a security box around the number. On the lower left side of the title will be marked “MV-301 (4/21)” with a round silver security seal to the right of the text.

“The security seal has the letters WY,” said Shane Fox, investigator with WYDOT’s Compliance and Investigation program. “The control numbers are duplicated with the front green colored title that goes to the owner and the back copy that is white in color and is retained by Wyoming County clerks.”

The stack of blank titles, totaling about 500, were stolen sometime after May 1, 2023. These titles could be used for fraudulent purposes."

The full Wyoming Department of Transportation press release may be found here.

If you encounter any of these suspected stolen Wyoming titles, you are requested to contact Detective Trevor Soole of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office (; the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or; or the WYDOT Compliance & Investigation Program at 307-777-3840.


/s/Detective Sergeant Clay Leak