Thursday, March 27, 2014


One day after his release from a New Jersey prison, the robber strides right into the same Stride Rite shoe store and holds up the same clerk he robbed 15 years earlier

In 1999, Christopher Miller, then 25, strides right into a Stride Rite shoe store in Tom River, New Jersey. He robbed the store by threatening the female clerks with a box cutter. He forced the employees into a rear storage room and tied them up before leaving with the store’s cash. Miller was quickly caught and ended up being sentenced to 15 years in prison for the shoe store robbery and some other crimes.

On Friday, Miller now 40 was released from prison. On Saturday, he strides right into the same Stride Rite store. The store manager recognized him right away because she was one of the clerks he robbed 15 years earlier. The two employees refused Miller’s demands for them to hand over their car keys and go to the back of the store. An angry Miller ripped out the store’s cash register drawer and took off with $389 in cash and the cellphones belonging to the two employees.

Unfortunately for the same old, same old Miller, a cop caught him just a few blocks away. He had discarded the cellphones in a garbage can and had stuffed the cash inside a storm drain. He is being held in Ocean County jail on $100,000 bail.

A New Jersey state correctional employee said, “The guy is either really stupid or he just really likes it in jail.” I think it’s probably both.

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