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Police officer accused of stealing from department

Dale Hojnacki

Dale Hojnacki

A longtime far northwest suburban police officer stands accused of stealing money from the department he worked for.

Dale Hojnacki, 35, has been charged with a felony count of theft of currency after allegedly stealing more than $500 from the McHenry Police Department over a 17-month span.

The charge is a result of an internal investigation into missing funds discovered during a routine internal audit, according to a statement released by McHenry Police Chief John Jones.

The 11-year veteran allegedly stole the money between June 23, 2010, and Nov. 22, 2011, from the McHenry Police Department, 333 S. Green St., according to the criminal complaint. The exact amount is under investigation.

Following his arrest Tuesday, Hojnacki resigned from the police department and was relieved of all his police authority.

“I find officer Hojnacki’s actions to be despicable and I will not tolerate any act that makes him no better than the criminals we arrest on a daily basis,” Jones said in the statement. “Any officer that would tarnish the uniform worn by so many fantastic officers of the McHenry Police Department deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Hojnacki was taken into custody without incident and later released after posting 10 percent of his $15,000 bond. He could not be reached for comment.

If convicted, the felony charge carries a punishment of up to $25,000 in fines and between two and five years in prison.

Authorities believe Hojnacki acted alone.

“During the course of the investigation, witnesses were interviewed and evidence was collected,” Jones said in the statement. “The investigation has determined Hojnacki acted alone and is the sole offender.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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