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Former Minnesota principal sentenced to 30 days for Sam's Club theft

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The former principal of Glyndon-Felton Elementary School was sentenced in Clay County District Court on Monday, June 5, to 30 days in jail, which she will be able to serve on electronic home monitoring at her expense.

Shannon Dahlberg
Shannon Dahlberg
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MOORHEAD, Minn. - The former principal of Glyndon-Felton Elementary School was sentenced in Clay County District Court on Monday, June 5, to 30 days in jail, which she will be able to serve on electronic home monitoring at her expense.

Shannon Jean Dahlberg, of Moorhead, earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of gross misdemeanor theft for stealing items from the Moorhead Sam's Club. As part of her sentence, she is to pay restitution of about $1,300.

Dahlberg said after Monday's hearing that she "apologized to all of the people I have hurt because of my actions."

Prosecutor Michael Leeser, who had asked Judge Michelle Lawson to sentence Dahlberg to jail instead of home monitoring, said he believed Dahlberg deserved time in jail because as a public official she should be held to a high standard.

Leeser also said that in listening to the statement Dahlberg made in court he did not hear a specific apology to Sam's Club.

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According to court documents, Dahlberg took items from the Sam's Club on more than one occasion in 2016 by scanning low-price items at the self-checkout island and then leaving those items behind while she left the store with a cart carrying higher-priced items.

If employees at the exits counted the items in her cart, the number would match the number of items on the receipt, and she would be allowed to leave, court documents stated.

Dahlberg resigned from her principal post in early March.

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