Burglary charges filed after man’s found unconscious with a bag of stolen mail, prosecutors say

Patrick Slagel | CPD

Passing out on the street? That’s bad. Passing out on the street with a bag of stolen mail? That’s a felony.

But prosecutors say that’s exactly what happened to Patrick Slagel in Old Town last week.

Fire department paramedics who responded to a “man down” call in the 200 block of West Menomonee around 7:30 a.m. on November 6 reportedly found the 41-year-old lying on a sidewalk. As medics treated Slagel inside an ambulance, another firefighter looked into his bag to make sure there were no weapons inside before they transported him to the hospital.

There weren’t any weapons. There was, however, a 7-inch crowbar, a duplicate Postal Service mailbox key, and 72 pieces of mail that were addressed to a multi-unit residential building about four blocks away, according to prosecutors. There was also a gift card in someone else’s name, they said.

Coincidentally, Slagel is currently on probation for illegal possession of someone else’s credit card.

Prosecutors have now charged him with felony burglary.

Judge David Navarro ordered Slagel held without bail for violating the terms of probation. Once that matter is cleared up, Slagel can be released on his own recognizance, Navarro said.

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