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Paramedics find looted mail in the bag of a man asleep on Old Town sidewalk: police

Paramedics were called to a “person down” and found Patrick Slagel unconscious and face-up in the 200 block of West Menomonee Street, police say.

Charges were filed after an unconscious man was allegedly found with stolen main in the 200 block of West Menomonee Street.
Charges were filed after an unconscious man was allegedly found with stolen mail in the 200 block of West Menomonee Street.
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Authorities went to help a man passed out on a sidewalk in Old Town last week — only to find him allegedly carrying stolen mail and burglary tools.

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

After paramedics woke up Slagel at 8 a.m. Nov. 6 and began treating him, they allegedly searched his duffle bag and found stolen mail, a pry bar and a master mail key, a police source said.

Patrick Slagel
Patrick Slagel
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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 federal charges have been filed, a U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman said.

Slagel, of Lake View, was ordered held for a violation of probation from a 2019 guilty plea to unlawful possession of a credit or debit card, court records state.

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

He’s expected in Cook County court again Friday.

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