Thanksgiving Robber Gets Life Sentence


Monday, January 09, 2017 4:37 PM

A suspect who held up several local businesses on Thanksgiving weekend 2015 was convicted Friday. James B. Miller (DOB 02/26/1985) was convicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, and grand theft of a motor vehicle. Miller was on a statewide crime spree and was wanted in the State of Kansas for aggravated assault when he began his crimes in Cocoa. Patrol officers and detectives developed information that lead them to a motel in Jacksonville where Miller was arrested. The Cocoa investigation also resulted in convictions for crimes in Orange County where Miller was convicted last summer and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. Multiple other jurisdictions across Florida also have pending charges against him. “We had some good information that came up quickly in this investigation,” said Cpl. Chris Bradshaw who worked with Detective Mark Rush and the Criminal Investigations Division to locate Miller. “I’m glad we were able to get him into custody before someone was injured or killed. It is good to see justice, not just for our case but for all the other cases we were able to help link him to.”

 On November 27, 2015 Miller went to the Days Inn on SR 524 where he pointed a gun at the on duty clerk and threatened to kill her if she did not give him money. The clerk complied and the suspect fled in a vehicle which was later located at a Budget Inn on SR 520. The suspect was no longer with the vehicle. The next day around noon an armed robbery was reported at the Sunny Food Store, 775 Clearlake Road. The clerk on duty also reported a white male suspect armed with a black semi-automatic handgun threatening to kill her if she did not comply. As the clerk attempted to unlock the register a patron walked into the store. The suspect put the gun away and fled without any cash. A short time later dispatchers received another emergency call from the owners of Joe’s Bestway Deli, 1129 Peachtree St. The victims reported the same suspect pointed a gun at them, demanded cash and the keys to their vehicle. The suspect fled the store in the victim’s vehicle which was a silver Honda Accord. He was located days later in the Jacksonville area.