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Suspended West Seneca police officer arraigned on theft charges

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West Seneca Police

In West Seneca Town Court Tuesday evening, a now-suspended seven-year veteran town police officer was arraigned on two felonies, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. He was released on his own recognizance as the charges are non-qualifying offenses for bail.

Ryan Miller, 33, is accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of merchandise from a home improvement retailer at various local retail outlets between Oct. 1 of last year and April 8 of this year.

Miller allegedly would cancel an order after taking possession of items or leave a store without paying for merchandise, and he was off duty at the time of the thefts. The Erie County District Attorney's Office said a search warrant at his residence on Ehinger Drive in West Seneca turned up some of the stolen items.

A felony hearing has been scheduled in Town Court on May 27. Miller faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.