A Waterbury man accused of using an 11-year-old boy to help him shoplift from several stores at Clinton Crossing outlets on Sunday was arrested over the weekend.
Police said Michael Savage, 45, of Waterbury brought a friend’s son to the outlets, with his mother’s permission, and then instructed him to shoplift items from several stores.
Police got involved when an officer noticed an argument between a man and Savage.
The victim told police he’d just bought a jacket and Savage stole it from his bag and gave it to a child, who ran off, police said.
When police found Savage’s car, they found the boy inside, as well as the stolen jacket and more than $1,200 dollars worth of items stolen from Clinton Crossing, police said.
When police spoke with the juvenile, he said he ran to the car and was alone after the shopper confronted them.
Police said Savage had a bag with several items that are believed to be stolen and a tool used to remove anti-theft devices from clothing, police said.
The boy was turned over to his mother.