Man charged with robbing Kohl’s in Plainville

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PLAINVILLE — A man faces charges after police said he robbed Kohl’s with the intent of selling the stolen merchandise to buy drugs. 

Rafael Guadalupe-Feliciano, 40, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with first-degree robbery, fifth-degree larceny and possession of heroin. 

On Tuesday, police responded to Kohl’s, 200 New Britain Ave., for a report of shoplifting where the suspect said he had a knife, according to a police report.

A man, later identified as, Guadalupe-Feliciano said he and a friend wanted to buy heroin from their dealer, but  didn’t have any money, the report said. The friend suggested going to Kohl’s to shoplift before selling the stolen items for heroin. Guadalupe-Feliciano then drove to the store and attempted to steal clothing, boots and a drone.

Guadalupe-Feliciano put the items in a cart and walked out the doors without paying, the report said. When he got outside, he was confronted by two loss prevention employees. 

When the employees tried to apprehend him, Guadalupe-Feliciano said “get away from me, I have a knife,” the report said. He then fled the scene.

Later the same day a man came to the police department after he learned his vehicle was involved in a crime, the report said. The man said he loaned his car to a man, later identified as Guadalupe-Feliciano, while he was working that day. Guadalupe-Feliciano was in the man’s car and remained inside while he went inside the police station.

Police went out to speak with Guadalupe-Feliciano and noted he was wearing the same clothing and had the same physical characteristics of the man seen in security footage from Kohl’s, the report noted. 

Police took Guadalupe-Feliciano into custody and searched him. Officers found a total of 1 gram of heroin in wax baggies, the report said. He was initally held on $50,000 bond.

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