A Hartford police officer who was suspended last week after allegedly stealing from Walmart while working a security job is now facing charges.
Luis Feliciano, 34, turned himself in to police on Tuesday and is being charged with fifth degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting tool, which is a device used to remove security tabs from merchandise.
The incident reportedly happened at the Walmart on Flatbush Avenue in Hartford, where a police officer is usually seen working a private-duty security job.
According to a private duty security list, Feliciano was working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 28, when the theft allegedly occurred, and was reportedly captured on store surveillance.
Hartford Police spokesperson Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Feliciano has been suspended from the police department, without pay. He has been a Hartford police officer for about two years.
Feliciano is expected to appear in court on Aug. 11.
Sgt. Richard Holton, police union president, said he had no comment on the matter except "I'm asking the public not to judge the entire department based on one officer's actions. There are men and women doing good work every day."
Eyewitness News has learned that Feliciano had previously worked in loss prevention at a Walmart store in Springfield, and he had his Hartford issued service weapon stolen out of Springfield.
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