Paramedics find stolen mail in the pocket of a sleeping man on the sidewalk of the old town: police


Patrick Slagel | Chicago Police

Authorities last week helped a man who passed out on a sidewalk in the old town – only to find him allegedly with stolen mail and burglary tools.

Paramedics were called to a “person on the ground” and found Patrick Slagel unconscious and face up on the 200 block on West Menomonee Street, Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli said.

After Paramedics Slagel woke up at 8:00 a.m. on November 6 and started treatment, they allegedly searched his travel bag and found stolen mail, a crowbar and a master mail key, a police source said.

Slagel was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment, but the 41-year-old was later charged with burglary and theft under $ 500, police said.

Chicago Postal Inspectors are investigating the incident but no charges were brought, a US Postal Inspection Service spokesman said.

Lake View’s Slagel was jailed for a 2019 parole violation for illegally possessing a credit or debit card, the court records read.

In 2018, Slagel and a 24-year-old woman were charged with stealing mail in suburban Oak Brook. This case is still pending.

He is expected in the Cook County court again on Friday.


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