Christopher M. Miller, a 40-year-old man from New Jersey, was released from prison last Friday after serving a 15 year sentence for tying up an employee in the back room of a Stride Rite children’s shoe store in Toms River and then robbing the store in 1999.
On Saturday, one day after he was released from prison, Miller hopped a bus for a quick ride from Atlantic City to Toms River, and went back to the exact same Stride Rite store to reenact his 1999 crime.
According to a March 25 report from The Daily News, once inside the store, Miller demanded cash, the employees’ cell phones, and instructed the workers there to get into the back room.
This time around though, the employees refused to go into the back room, although Miller still managed to escape the store with their phones, and the cash drawer and its contents - $389 in cash.
After leaving the Stride Rite and trying to make his escape on foot, Miller was apprehended a few blocks away.
Police said the stolen money was found hidden in a gutter downspout and the employees' cell phones in a garbage can with the help of a K9.
WPXI reported the police chief as wondering whether or not Miller reenacted his crime from 15 years ago with the intention of getting caught – so he could be sent back to prison which he might consider home, “where he can have shelter and meals.”
After his arrest, Miller was charged with robbery and held on $100,000 bail.
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