A West Seneca law enforcement officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly thieving 1000’s of pounds in goods from household enhancement merchants, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office environment announced Wednesday.
Ryan J. Miller, 33, a West Seneca resident who is a patrol officer with 7 decades on the position, was charged with felony counts of 3rd-diploma grand larceny and 3rd-diploma felony possession of stolen home. He was arraigned Tuesday evening ahead of West Seneca City Courtroom Justice Jeffrey M. Harrington and produced on his possess recognizance.
If convicted, he faces up to 7 several years in prison.
Miller is accused of thieving items from house improvement stores in West Seneca and other spots all over Western New York between Oct. 1, 2021 and April 8, 2022, the DA’s workplace stated. He is accused of stealing far more than $10,000 in items, officials stated.
“At the time the items was in his possession, the defendant would allegedly steal the items by canceling an purchase or by leaving the store without having paying out for the objects,” the statement reported.
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In one particular occasion, Miller allegedly purchased two new drinking water heaters and then returned the bins with aged water heaters in them and acquired a complete refund, Flynn claimed.
Miller has been suspended with no fork out, a assertion from West Seneca Law enforcement Main Edward A. Baker explained.
The investigation began in March, Baker claimed, when his place of work was alerted about “an ongoing incident involving the off-obligation perform of an officer with the West Seneca Law enforcement Section.”
Baker contacted the DA’s business office, equally Baker and DA John J. Flynn Jr. mentioned. “As soon as they discovered out about it, they referred to as me straight away and they recused on their own,” Flynn explained to The Buffalo Information.
On Tuesday, the DA’s confidential crime investigators, functioning with West Seneca police, executed a research warrant at Miller’s household on Ehinger Travel where they allegedly recovered some stolen items.
Miller is scheduled to return to court docket at 9 a.m. May well 27.
“The West Seneca Law enforcement Department prides by itself on our honor and integrity,” Baker claimed in the assertion, which was posted on the department’s Facebook page. “We attempt every day to assure our officers are held to the optimum conventional and satisfy our proven core values. We do not tolerate these actions as it erodes the general public believe in in our mission.”