Mail thief hospitalized after jumping from 3rd floor window as cops moved in: CPD report

Police say Jamal Campbell jumped from a third-floor apartment window as they tried to arrest him for mail theft. (Google, pngtree)

CHICAGO — A suspected mail thief is recovering after he jumped from a third-floor apartment window as Chicago cops were closing in.

Cops recovered a U.S. Postal Service master key, stolen mail, and other evidence as paramedics scooped Jamal Campbell, 30, from a yard in the 1200 block of West 54th Street last Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Officers responded to the neighborhood around 12:30 p.m. after 911 callers reported that a man was walking in and out of residential buildings. At least one caller saw the man use a master key to open a bank of mailboxes.

A woman flagged down a couple of the cops and directed them to the thief. The officers quickly located Campbell in the vestibule of a building. He was sorting through mail from an open mailbox, according to their report.

Campbell bolted to the third floor and the officers followed him up the stairs, the report said. As the cops neared the third floor, they heard a loud banging noise and the sound of glass breaking as Campbell kicked in a vacant apartment’s door and jumped from a bedroom window, the police said.

When the officers looked out the window, they “observed the offender on the ground due to him jumping out of the window,” said the report. While one officer tended to Campbell and called for paramedics, others located a black bag in the apartment that allegedly contained the postal service master key and a bundle of mail.

Detectives are investigating whether Campbell is responsible for a string of mail thefts reported in Hyde Park this year.

Campbell was in serious condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center when prosecutors presented their case to Judge Barbara Dawkins this week. She decided that Campbell would not be detained after he was released from the hospital.

Prosecutors charged him with felony counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, and criminal damage to property.

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