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Woodstock supervisor charged with stealing road salt

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 2:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:30 p.m. CDT
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Dale A. Behm, 55, of 10705 Pheasant Lane, Woodstock, was charged Feb. 28 with felony theft.

WOODSTOCK – The city's longtime street supervisor was arrested over the weekend, accused of stealing road salt from the city.

Dale A. Behm, 55, of 10705 Pheasant Lane, Woodstock, was charged Feb. 28 with felony theft.

According to the criminal complaint, Behm took one ton of road salt, valued at $300, from the city. He's also accused of taking two snow plow skids.

He was released March 1 on a $1,000 recognizance bond.

Behm has worked for the city for 36 years. He's expected to earn $84,803.96 this year.

He has been suspended with pay since Friday.

Woodstock City Manager Roscoe Stelford didn't release many more details surrounding Behm's arrest or future employment status. He said city hall is working with its human resources department and the city attorney to evaluate the status of Behm's employment.

Police Chief Robert Lowen said City Hall was tipped off about the alleged salt theft, and asked the department to investigate. Lowen was unclear what Behm planned to do with the salt and the skids.

The Class 4 felony for which Behm is charged is punishable by up to three years in prison. Behm's next court date is March 19.

– Chelsea McDougall

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