BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – New Athens Police Chief Dallas Hill is facing felony charges for stealing evidence.
Twenty-seven year-old Dallas Hill is the police chief for New Athens, a town of 2,000 people in St. Clair County. He faces prison time, and the end of his police career, because of an iPad and an iPod.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department began investigating after receiving anonymous complaints of illegal activity within the New Athens Police Department.
The charges are that Chief Hill went into the evidence room at the New Athens Police Department and took an iPad and iPod, both being held as evidence in a business burglary. Investigators say Hill used the two Apple products for his own personal use, even taking them home and then bringing them back to the police department, where he continued to use them.
The chief is now charged with the theft itself, and with two counts of criminal misconduct. All of the charges are felonies.
Captain Steven Johnson with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department says, “Every time a police officer is charged with a crime, it makes all of our jobs just that much more difficult. But I think also this shows that true law enforcement, that we're not gonna tolerate bad cops, bad apples, or officers doing these types of things.”
Hill is out of jail on a $20,000 bond. No word on his court date, or on who's running the New Athens Police Department.