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Man Accused of Robbing Same Store After 15 Years in Jail

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(FOX KOKH) After spending 15 years in state prison for robbing a "Stride Rite" shoe store, police say Christopher M. Miller, 40, took the bus from prison to rob the same store again.

Police in Ocean County, NJ say Christopher M. Miller, whose last address was listed as being in Tulsa, was released from prison on March 22, 15 years after being convicted of robbing a shoe store in New Jersey. According to the police department, he took a bus from the prison and returned to the scene to commit the same crime.

Two store employees at the Stride Rite shoe store told police the suspect entered the store, demanded cash and their cell phones. They say he also demanded they go to the back of the store and hand over their car keys, but they refused those requests before he ran from the store.

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Police were called and searched the area for him and they were able to track him down a few blocks away. The officers found the cell phones in a plaza garbage can and the cash hidden in a gutter downspout behind the shopping plaza.

"In 1999 the same Stride Rite was the victim of a Robbery in which the store employees were taken to the rear storage room and tied up prior to the suspect fleeing with cash," police explained in a press release. "The suspect was apprehended for that crime as well as several others. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was released on March 21, 2014. That person was, in fact, Christopher M. Miller."

The investigation found that Miller took a bus after his release from South Woods State Prison in Bridgetown NJ to the Toms River store before robbing the place.

Miller was charged with robbery and is being held in the Ocean County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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