In a move that sounds like something out of Raising Arizona, a man has been hauled off to jail after robbing a Stride Rite shoe store. Make that, hauled back off to jail, after robbing the same Stride Rite store that landed him in jail in the first place.
According to Fox News, Christopher Miller had just been released from prison after serving 15 years for the 1999 robbery of the Stride Rite store in Toms River, New Jersey. Back then, Miller had forced employees into a back room and tied them up, then stolen the cash.
This time, when Miller left jail, he took a bus from the bus stop near the prison and went straight back to the same store, and demanded cash. He took all the money from the register, and ordered the employees into the back room, just like before. This time the employees refused. Miller took their cell phones.
The New York Daily News reports that police caught up to him just a few blocks from the store, fleeing on foot. A K9 unit discovered that he had stashed the money in a drain pipe and dumped the cell phones in a nearby trash can.
“In my 25 years in law enforcement, this one stands out as being unique,” said Ralph Stocco, of the Toms River Police Department told ABC News. “We do not know the motive but it is possible that Miller chose this store again because of the familiarity. This was the last area he knew before he was incarcerated.”
It may not be the shortest turnaround from release to recidivism, but the fact that it happened at the very same store should at least qualify this case for special mention.
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