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Police say man used 11-year-old boy to shoplift

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An argument over a stolen jacket at a shoreline outlet store turned into police arresting a Waterbury man, and police said a child was helping the man steal.

Police arrested Michael Savage, 45, Sunday after he was allegedly found with more than $1,200 in stolen goods from the Clinton Crossings Outlets.

According to police, Savage had used a tool to remove all of the anti-theft devices from clothing, and the child was turned over to his mother.

Savage, who has an extensive record including larceny, was held in jail on $50,000 bond and will face a judge at Middlesex Superior Court on Monday.

"The court is going to leave the bond at $50,000," the judge said in court Monday. "The court knows the defendant has a number of prior convictions, including three failures to appear."

The mother of the 11-year-old boy police said Savage took with him to steal was also in the courtroom. 

"She is supportive of Mr. Savage and she says he made a mistake but wants to work with him," an unidentified attorney told Eyewitness News.

Police said Savage got caught when a shopper told them he stole a jacket they paid for out of their bag and then gave it to a child who ran away with it.

The attorney for Savage said he has been on Methadone, which is a drug used to reduce withdrawal symptoms in heroin addicts.

He returns to court next month.

Shoppers at the Clinton Crossings Outlets said the arrest was "insane."

"I don't know, it's just crazy," said shopper Nicole Mileltte. "I would never do that."

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