Florida Cop Brice Miller, Caught On Video Allegedly Stealing From Charity, Quits

Brice Miller police officer Goodwill store theft

Getting caught for stealing while on the job is grounds for firing at most workplaces. But when you are a policeman, and you've been accused of stealing from a Goodwill store while out on patrol (and it seems to be caught on camera), you may want to head for the exit before the investigation formally wraps up.

Which is exactly what Brice Miller, 58, decided to do, bringing an end to his 23-year career as an officer with the DeLand Police Department in central Florida. On Thursday, Miller tendered his resignation before the internal affairs division of the DeLand Police made a decision on two incidents of alleged robbery. Both incidents were caught by surveillance cameras (as seen below) located in the back of a Goodwill store in DeLand. The most recent was in May, which led to Goodwill Industries contacting the DeLand Police.

Goodwill said that it was able to identify Miller by the number "PD 65" on the patrol car, which was visible in the videos.

Miller's decision to retire was only delaying the inevitable, the department said in a statement.

"The recommendation was for him to be terminated," Deland Police Sgt. Chris Estes told the Daytona Beach News-Journal, which was first to reported on Miller's resignation. "But Officer Miller made an appointment with the chief and it was his choice to resign."

In both videos, a person identified as Miller is seen stopping his patrol car behind the Goodwill store and then proceeding to sort through items that were dropped off for donation. The person caught on camera is then seen picking up the items he chose and walking away as if the donation pile was a drive-thru. The list of items allegedly taken by Miller includes clothing, dishes and glasses.

For his part, Miller has told the DeLand Police that he was performing freelance charity work, according to the local NBC affiliate, WBBH-TV. Miller reportedly said that he was helping a needy family and had permission from an employee at Goodwill to make the delivery.

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But interviews with employees at the Goodwill store determined that no such authorization was ever granted. The Daytona News Journal said that the recipient of the Goodwill items was a longtime friend of Miller's.

"The actions seem personally motivated," the investigator wrote in his report.

Goodwill has said that it won't be pressing charges, though another local station, WFTV-TV, reports that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said that it will be reviewing the investigation.

Goodwill, the global nonprofit services organization, is no stranger to robberies at its stores. Last December, one of its own former employees, Richard Carvan Pattaway, 29, was arrested for a string of armed robberies at two Goodwill stores in Baltimore. He is thought to have targeted Goodwill because he knew where the stores kept their money, Baltimore County spokesman Shawn Vinson told WBAL-TV.





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Sharon

The outrageous part is that this dirty cop got to retire on the taxpayers' dime!

January 28 2013 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lmayj

nothing but the best for the boys in blue

August 13 2012 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bobrnld

I dont donate to Goodwill. My brother told me he knew one of the pickup drivers. They told him that when they go to pickup goods and it is something nice they drop it off at their home. He refused to give me the guys name so I could report him.

Stupid thing for cop to do

August 13 2012 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marksrig

Move along people...nothing to see here. (yea right!)
Is it me or are more cops going dirty?

August 12 2012 at 5:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Apple

Police Officers should make more money just as Teachers K-12 should make more money!!!!!

August 10 2012 at 10:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
sketch008

GIVE HIM THE CHAIR!!!

August 10 2012 at 6:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ncheybc

I thought people weren't allowed to leave items like that as it is considered littering. If he had cleaned up the area after going through things no one would have known. He should have bought the stuff though. Wouldn't have cost more than a couple of bucks.... Probably lost his pension over this too.

August 09 2012 at 5:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lifehub

Stupid thing to do. Nothing is worth risking your career, reputation, and pension for.

August 09 2012 at 4:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pssadipiombino

What a shame...

August 09 2012 at 3:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bbrandy59

true pig

August 09 2012 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bbrandy59's comment
Cindy

Hey, wait a minute, don't insult pigs. They are VERY intelligent animals.

August 09 2012 at 4:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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