Uptown man charged with stealing mail from residential buildings across the North Side

A U.S. Postal Service “arrow key” and Jonathan Minter | mailmanscott; Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — An Uptown man charged last month with repeatedly stealing mail from a Loop condo building is now accused of doing the same thing at seven residential buildings across the North Side, according to Chicago police.

Jonathan Minter, 37, picked up seven new counts of felony burglary and was released by Judge Maryam Ahmad on Tuesday afternoon to await trial.

The allegations stem from incidents that occurred before he was arrested in connection with the Loop allegations earlier this month.

Minter allegedly used a U.S. Postal Service master key, also known as an “arrow key,” to steal mail in:

  • the 5900 block of North Lincoln on April 3
  • the 5800 block of North Clark on April 9
  • the 1100 block of West Ardmore on April 15 and 16
  • the 5600 block of North Broadway on April 16
  • the 5700 block of North Winthrop on April 17
  • the 3800 block of North Fremont on September 7
  • the 1800 block of South Michigan on September 28

Police arrested Minter at the Skokie courthouse after he appeared in court for the Loop case on Monday. In that matter, he is accused of working with Alexander Kirkpatrick, 31, of Champaign, to repeatedly steal mail this summer from a single condo building in the 800 block of South Wells.

In a statement released after their arrest, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said both men were also suspected of “identity theft and account takeovers” in Chicago during 2022 and 2023. Additional charges are possible, the statement said.

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