Man, preteen shoplift $1,200 in merch

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 1:00am

Police arrested a 45-year-old man who allegedly shoplifted more than $1,200 worth of merchandise from the Clinton Crossings Premium Outlets with the help of an 11-year-old boy.

Michael Savage was charged Sunday with fourth-degree larceny, risk of injury to a minor, possession of a shoplifting device, breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

The boy was turned over to his mother. Savage is a family friend of the boy's mother, police said.

A police officer discovered the thefts after stepping into an argument between Savage and an adult male on Sunday afternoon. The shopper said that Savage had stolen a newly purchased jacket from him and had given it to a child who ran off, police said.

Savage had a bag containing numerous items that are suspected to have been stolen and a tool used to remove anti theft devices from clothes, police said.

Police found Savage's car in the parking lot. An 11-year-old boy was in the vehicle, along with the stolen jacket and more than $1,200 in items that had been stolen from Clinton Crossings, police said. 

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