HARTFORD — A city police officer working a private-duty job at Walmart stole items by emptying boxes of merchandise and putting other items inside, according to a warrant for his arrest.
Officer Luis Feliciano was seen by the Flatbush Avenue store's asset-protection employees on security footage concealing items and then stealing them, a Walmart investigator told the Hartford Police Department's Internal Investigations division, the warrant says.
Police investigators reviewing the security footage from Feliciano's private duty shift on July 28 saw him take merchandise boxes to an aisle in the hardware section, cut open the boxes and then remove the contents, according to the warrant. He was then seen taking other items, included meat and PlayStation controllers — using a special tool to remove the controllers' security devices — and then putting them in the emptied boxes, the warrant says.
Feliciano resealed the boxes, paid for them by using the self-checkout lane, then brought the boxes to his car, according to the warrant.
Investigators got a search warrant for Feliciano's vehicle and found a Mr. Coffee box, which had coffee pods and Tabasco sauce inside, and a Minnie Mouse potty training box, which had nine PlayStation controllers inside, according to the warrant. A cooler also was found in the car, which contained packages of ground beef and steaks.
Investigators also found the tool used to steal the PlayStation controllers in his vehicle, the warrant said.
A copy of Feliciano's transaction history provided by Walmart showed that the Mr. Coffee cost $17.88 and the Minnie Mouse potty trainer cost $24.88, according to the warrant. The value of the items in the box came to more than $650, the warrant said.
Investigators also received a statement from a Walmart asset protection employee who saw Feliciano take a $400 wireless speaker and walk to the hardware section, the warrant said.
Feliciano, 34, turned himself in on Tuesday and was charged with fifth-degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting device.
Police said Feliciano, who has been with the department for more than two years, was suspended without pay. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.