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New trial set for ex-Joliet cop charged with theft

Jury was deadlocked in trial, court records say

Henry Dahl, 43
Henry Dahl, 43

A jury was deadlocked in a case where a former Joliet police officer was arrested for allegedly stealing a trailer in Kankakee, according to court records.

On Oct. 26, a mistrial was declared in a Kankakee County case where Henry M. Dahl, 43, is charged with theft.

Dahl worked for the Joliet Police Department between March 31, 2003, and resigned on Dec. 1, 2015, several months after his arrest for allegedly stealing a trailer. He advanced to sergeant in 2009.

Kankakee County judge Clark Erickson received written communication from jurors that they were deadlocked, according to court records.

Another jury trial has been scheduled for April 15.

A call to the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office was not returned. Dahl’s attorney, Jeff Godin, declined to comment.

Dahl stole a trailer from the store Consignments and More, according to a Kankakee police report. The trailer became unhinged and the truck stopped outside a bank in Bradley.

Police went to the Federated Bank location and Dahl was arrested there, according to the police report. The owner of the trailer arrived at the scene and identified the trailer.

Dahl was placed on paid administrative leave from the department following the incident. Dahl had been previously disciplined for a 2005 traffic crash involving a department vehicle.

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