Man leaves prison, immediately robs same store

man robs same store

A New Jersey man walked out of a prison after serving 15 years for robbing a children’s shoe store, and immediately went back to the same shop and robbed it again.

In 1999, 25-year-old Christopher Miller was arrested after he forced employees into the back room of the Stride Rite shoe store on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, tied them up and fled with cash, according to

After serving out his 15-year sentence, Miller was released on March 21 from South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton. Police say Miller, now 40, took a bus from Atlantic City to Toms River on Saturday, and headed straight for the same shoe store.

Employees tell police that he entered the store and demanded cash, telling the workers — a teenage boy and 43-year-old woman — to go to the back room. They refused.

He became agitated, according to police, and took the cash register drawer, which had $389.

Police say he was found a few blocks away, with the cash stashed in a gutter and the phones in a garbage can.

Toms River Police Chief Mitchell Little says he has to wonder whether Miller considers prison life home.

“Maybe that’s the only life he knows, 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,” he said.

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