Plainville shoplifting turned into robbery: police

Published on Wednesday, 27 December 2017 20:29


PLAINVILLE - An Ansonia man is facing a robbery charge after he allegedly threatened two store employees during a shoplifting gone bad.

Rafael Guadalupe-Feliciano, 40, was arrested Tuesday evening after admitting to police he stole merchandise from Kohl’s, at 200 New Britain Ave., and told loss prevention officers he had a knife, according to the police report.

According to the report, a man went to the police department Tuesday, at about 5:30 p.m., after getting a call from investigators asking about his car, which had been involved in a shoplifting incident earlier in the day. The man said he brought his friend, Guadalupe-Feliciano, who had borrowed the vehicle and was sitting in the passenger seat outside the police department.

Investigators then spoke to Guadalupe-Feliciano, who admitted that he went to Kohl’s to steal merchandise so he and a friend could buy heroin, the report said. He said he took a pair of jeans, boots and a drone and walked past the cash registers, leaving the store without paying, according to the report.

Once outside, two loss prevention employees confronted Guadalupe-Feliciano, who warned them to get away, saying he had a knife while he reached into his pocket, the report said. He told police he didn’t actually have a knife on him, and that he only said that so he would be left alone.

After the incident, Guadalupe-Feliciano left the Kohl’s parking lot and returned the vehicle he was using. The vehicle was then traced back to the man who brought Guadalupe-Feliciano to the police department.

Guadalupe-Feliciano was arrested outside the police department and found with two wax paper baggies with heroin inside. He was charged with first-degree robbery, fifth-degree larceny and possession of illegal possession of heroin.

During his arraignment Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, Guadalupe-Feliciano was ordered held on $50,000 bond. He did not enter a plea, and his case was continued to Jan. 25.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Wednesday, 27 December 2017 20:29. Updated: Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:36.