Michael R. Neidlein Jr., 32, Appleton, was charged in Waupaca County Circuit Court with one felony count of identity theft and one count of misdemeanor theft.
On Jan. 15, New London Police Officer Ben Schmidt spoke with a woman who said her purse had been stolen, perhaps while she was at a bar two nights earlier, and ATM withdrawals had been made on her bank card.
One of the withdrawals had been for $140 at a New London convenience store, while the second withdrawal had been made for $273 for an inmate payment at the Waupaca County jail.
Investigators discovered the victim had a female friend, who had been with her at the same bar and who had also been arrested on a $133 warrant at the same convenience store on Jan. 13.
That same night, Neidlein had gone to the Waupaca County jail and paid $133 in cash to bail out the woman.
However, as deputies were processing the bail for the woman they discovered Neidlein had an outstanding warrant from Outagamie County. He was taken into custody.
According to the criminal complaint, Neidlein then used the jail’s credit card kiosk to post $273 to bond himself out of custody.