A West Seneca law enforcement officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing countless numbers of pounds in goods from residence advancement merchants, the Erie County District Attorney’s Business office declared Wednesday.
Ryan J. Miller, 33, a West Seneca resident who is a patrol officer with seven years on the occupation, was billed with felony counts of 3rd-degree grand larceny and 3rd-diploma prison possession of stolen house. He was arraigned Tuesday night before West Seneca Town Court Justice Jeffrey M. Harrington and unveiled on his own recognizance.
If convicted, he faces up to seven decades in jail.
Miller is accused of thieving merchandise from household enhancement merchants in West Seneca and other areas during Western New York among Oct. 1, 2021 and April 8, 2022, the DA’s office reported. He is accused of thieving more than $10,000 in goods, officers reported.
“When the items was in his possession, the defendant would allegedly steal the items by canceling an buy or by leaving the retail outlet with no having to pay for the things,” the statement reported.
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In a single occasion, Miller allegedly acquired two new water heaters and then returned the containers with aged drinking water heaters in them and bought a comprehensive refund, Flynn reported.
Miller has been suspended with no fork out, a assertion from West Seneca Police Main Edward A. Baker said.
The investigation began in March, Baker claimed, when his office was alerted about “an ongoing incident involving the off-obligation perform of an officer with the West Seneca Law enforcement Department.”
Baker contacted the DA’s business office, equally Baker and DA John J. Flynn Jr. said. “As soon as they discovered out about it, they referred to as me promptly and they recused themselves,” Flynn told The Buffalo Information.
On Tuesday, the DA’s private criminal offense investigators, operating with West Seneca law enforcement, executed a research warrant at Miller’s household on Ehinger Travel wherever they allegedly recovered some stolen objects.
Miller is scheduled to return to court docket at 9 a.m. May 27.
“The West Seneca Law enforcement Division prides by itself on our honor and integrity,” Baker mentioned in the assertion, which was posted on the department’s Fb webpage. “We try each day to make sure our officers are held to the greatest normal and satisfy our founded core values. We do not tolerate these steps as it erodes the general public have faith in in our mission.”