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New Athens police chief charged with theft

By on November 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

Dallas W. Hill

The New Athens police chief has been charged with felony theft following an investigation into missing evidence previously seized by the department.

On Monday, New Athens Police Chief Dallas W. Hill, 27, was charged with felony theft over $500 and two counts of official misconduct.

Court information filed in St. Clair County alleges Hill removed an iPod and iPad from the police department’s evidence locker and used them for personal reasons.

Both devices were seized in connection with a burglary.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department received anonymous complaints about illegal activity within the New Athens Police Department and were called in to investigate around three weeks ago.

“Whenever the badge is tarnished, which represents our oath of honor, it is very troubling for all of law enforcement,” St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Captain Steve Johnson issued in a news release. “It should be noted these criminal charges are not representative of the entire New Athens Police Department. Their officers fully cooperated with this investigation.”

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.