Fresh from prison, man robs same store 15 years later

Christopher Miller (Source: WNBC)
Christopher Miller (Source: WNBC)

TOMS RIVER, NJ (NBC) - What's the first thing you do after getting out of prison? For one man in New Jersey, apparently the answer was clear: Go back and rob the same store that landed him in the slammer in the first place.

Fifteen years ago, Christopher Miller, who was 25-years-old at the time, held up a Stride Rite in Toms River, NJ.

For that and other crimes, he went to prison. His home was the South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, New Jersey, until his release last week.

"Takes a bus from Atlantic City to Toms River, and goes directly to the same Stride Rite store that he held up 15 years ago. And gets caught again," said Toms River Police Chief Mitchell Little.

Police say he went back to the store just one day after he got out of prison. He's accused of taking cash from the register and several cell phones.

Employees called 911 with a description and police responded to the area.

"We're searching around, and then found the gentleman fitting this description on Feathertree, which is not even a quarter-mile down the road," said Little. "You hear stories about other criminals that actually do things in the hopes of getting caught again."

Miller is now in the Ocean County Jail.

"Maybe that's the only life he knows," said Little. "And the only thing he could think of was going back to the same store and doing the same crime again getting caught, and going back where he was taken care of and told what to do and getting meals and shelter and everything else."

Bond was set at $100,000. If Miller is found to have violated parole, he'll likely stay incarcerated for several more years.

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