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Man Completes Robbery Sentence; Returns to Rob Same Store
After spending 15 years in state prison for robbing a Stride Rite shoe store, a New Jersey man took the bus from prison to rob the same store again, according to police.
On March 22, Ocean County, New Jersey police responded to the Stride Rite store for a robbery. Two store employees told police the suspect entered the store, demanded cash and their cell phones, and fled on foot. According to the employees, the man also demanded they go to the back of the store and hand over their car keys, but they refused those requests.
Soon after an alert with the suspect's description was sent out, a patrol officer located Miller a few blocks away and detained him. The officers found the cell phones in a plaza garbage can and the cash hidden in a gutter downspout behind the shopping plaza.
"In 1999, the same Stride Rite was the victim of a robbery in which the store employees were taken to the rear storage room and tied up prior to the suspect fleeing with cash," police explained in a press release. "The suspect was apprehended for that crime as well as several others. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was released on March 21, 2014. That person was, in fact, Christopher M. Miller. "
Investigators found that Miller took a bus to the store after his release from South Woods State Prison in Bridgetown, New Jersey. Miller lists his last address as being in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Miller was charged with robbery and is being held in the Ocean County Jail on $100,000 bail.