HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Sources say Hartford Police Officer Luis Feliciano was supposed to be watching out for thieves at Wal-Mart, but police say he was the thief.
Feliciano was arrested and charged with larceny and possession of a shoplifting device Tuesday.
“I can’t believe that. He’s supposed to protect us and stuff, but he’s stealing stuff himself? That’s a wackadoo,” said Hartford neighbor Alfonso Stokes.
“He just set a bad example for everybody else,” said Tiffany Drayton.
Hartford police say they first learned about the allegations on July 28. At that point they suspended him with pay, but today they got an arrest warrant and he turned himself into police. He’s now suspended without pay pending the investigation.
“I think that’s scary because it’s like who’s policing the police? So, that’s kind of scary,” said Hartford’s Mark Benton.
It turns out Feliciano had a run-in with police before in Springfield, Mass. Court documents show Feliciano faced murder charges in 2006. They were dropped because of false identification.
In 2011, Feliciano filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission against Springfield Police, in which he accused them of showing prejudice against him because they didn’t hire him. Details of the old 2006 murder accusation came back up.
Detectives said when they searched his apartment they found, “two bags of white powder consistent with the appearance of cocaine, a scale and packaging material.” Police say they discovered Feliciano lied about where he lived.
It read that Feliciano ‘testified that he did not live at Apartment 405 …This is not true.” The Civil Service Commission dismissed the suit.
“They always say one bad apple doesn’t spoil everything so I guess they’ll handle him in their own way. Discipline him for what he did, but every cop is not like that I don’t think,” said Stokes. “We’ll see what happens when he goes to court.”
Feliciano is due in court on Aug. 11.