Fairmont man charged in burglaries to miss court hearing

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A 21-year-old Fairmont man facing nine felony counts in connection with two burglaries in Faribault County will miss a court hearing.

Levi Troy Dahl, who is facing charges in Freeborn County resulting from a high-speed chase, has been captured after escaping from custody earlier this month while in Rochester for medical treatment.

According to news reports, Dahl was arrested in the Los Angeles area on Sept. 21. Details about what led to the arrest are not available.

Dahl was scheduled to make his first court appearance today in Blue Earth for two counts of first-degree burglary; two counts of second-degree burglary; two counts of third-degree burglary; and three counts of theft.

Faribault County Sheriff Mike Gormley says he doesn’t know when Freeborn County authorities will go to California to get Dahl.

Dahl reportedly escaped from custody on Sept. 16 when he cut off his ankle bracelet after being released from Freeborn County Jail for surgery on a broken leg in Rochester.

Authorities say Dahl left Mayo Clinic before surgery was completed and the GPS bracelet was found at a Rochester Walmart.

In Freeborn County, Dahl has pleaded not guilty charges of fleeing a peace officer and one count of reckless driving in a chase that reportedly reached speeds of 60 mph.

Dahl did not stop when an officer on patrol, according to Albert Lea police, noticed the white 2006 Chevrolet Malibu he was driving may have been used in the burglaries.

Faribault County authorities say Dahl and 34-year-old Ryan Alan Jensen of Fairmont stolen more than $16,000 in guns, cash and items in the burglaries that occurred between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6.

Jensen faces the same charges as Dahl and made his initial appearance in court last week.

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