In 1999, Christopher Miller – then 25 – 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.
After serving a 15-year sentence, Miller was released on Friday from South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, NBC reported.
Police say Miller, now 40, took a bus from Atlantic City to Toms River on Saturday, and went to the same shoe store.
Employees tell police that he entered the store at 4.21pm and demanded cash, telling the workers – a 17-year-old boy and 43-year-old woman – to go to the back room.
He was not believed to be armed and the workers refused to follow his orders.
He became agitated, according to police, and took the cash register drawer, which had $389 inside.
He then took the workers’ cell phones, the store phone and fled on foot.