Posted: 5:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

Police officer accused of stealing from Goodwill drop box while on duty

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DELAND, Fla. —

WFTV obtained newly released video that investigators said shows a DeLand police officer stealing from Goodwill while in uniform.

Officer Brice Miller just resigned after allegedly stealing from a Goodwill store twice while on patrol in his patrol car and in a police uniform.

He was a veteran officer of 23 years who worked patrol for the DeLand Police Department.

The DeLand Police Department just released the video of the incident that happened back in May because an internal investigation into Miller wrapped up a few days ago.

The video shows Miller on two occasions pulling up to the donation drop-off box of the Goodwill on North Woodland Boulevard. Miller then took an armful of donations and put them in his patrol car.

It all came to the surface after a loss-prevention employee for Goodwill brought the video to police.

When questioned about the incidents, Miller told investigators he was giving the donations to a needy family with permission of a Goodwill employee.

However, according to the internal investigation report, he had a personal relationship with that family.

And his story that he had permission didn't wash.

The chief of police recommended Miller's termination.

"It's a matter of public trust. It's unacceptable behavior and as the chief put it earlier, we're not going to tolerate it. It's an embarrassment for our agency and the entire law enforcement community as a whole," said Sgt. Chris Estes of the DeLand Police Department.

Before Miller's termination became final, he retired on his own.

Goodwill Industries decided not to press charges.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reviewing the investigation.

WFTV learned Miller has been disciplined twice before.

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