Most of the stories we’ve seen thus far about “empty the jails” recidivism have come out of our larger urban centers like New York City and Los Angeles. But even some of the smaller cities have been getting in on the action. Today’s story took place in Greeley, Colorado, a city of roughly 100,000 people located to the north of Denver. It sounds as if 18-year-old Nathanial Neisler is getting off to a fine start in his adult life, since he managed to get himself arrested and taken to the Weld County Jail this week. But given the nature of his crime and the ongoing concerns over the pandemic, Neisler was quickly assigned a court date and released.
That’s when the young man demonstrated what could be interpreted as a serious case of poor judgment. Rather than departing the area quickly to celebrate his newly-won freedom, Neisler decided to go over to the facility’s motor pool and break into a car to steal some money. Within moments he was back in the jail, this time to be held without bond.
A Highlands Ranch teenager was booked in to the Weld County Jail less than an hour after he was released from the same facility. Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said Nathanial Neisler, 18, was arrested 45 minutes after his initial release from jail on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass of a vehicle.
According to a release from Reams, Neisler broke in to a vehicle at the Weld County Motor Pool and stole $2.08 from inside. He allegedly told responding officers he stole the money to use on a pay phone.