Police: Shoplifter ditches toddler in attempt to escape security

A New Haven man, who allegedly tried to steal some coats from H&M at the Westfield Trumbull mall, left his daughter behind as he ran from authorities, according to police.

Police said 29 year-old Michael Burruss ditched his 2 year-old child, who was in a stroller, when attempting to get away from store security last Friday night.

Burruss was with his daughter and a friend at the mall on Nov. 14 when the incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. The store's loss prevention officers told police they witnessed Burruss use what appeared to be a tool to remove security tags from coats. He then put the coats down and walked to a different part of the store. He came back soon after and allegedly stuffed the coats in a bag, before exiting.

When security tried to stop Burruss, he ran, leaving the stroller and toddler behind. He was caught and charged with risk of injury to a minor, sixth-degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting device. The child was put in the custody of the friend who was with Burruss. The case was referred to the Department of Children and Families. Burruss will appear in court Nov. 21.