On the evening of March 23, Officer Anthony J. D’Abrosca responded to the Target at Warwick Mall for a report of a possibly intoxicated driver.
Upon arriving at the scene, D’Abrosca observed a gray Volkswagen with Rhode Island registration “completely on the curb” in front of Target’s main entrance. A member of the mall’s security staff told the officer he had observed the vehicle attempt to navigate a corner around Target before it sped up and entered the entered the sidewalk. The security staffer said the vehicle made contact with a shopping cart and began to back up before stopping.
D’Abrosca made contact with the operator, who was still in the vehicle’s driver’s seat. The operator reportedly told the officer that he was “just fooling around” and acknowledged having smoked marijuana that day.
The operator exited the vehicle and is said to have agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which he reportedly failed. At one point, D’Abrosca states, the operators “began to jump and dance, flailing his arms like a chicken, asking other officers to dance along with him.”
Adam M. Cafferty, 29, of 37 Continental St., Apt. A, Narragansett, was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters, where he is said to have refused a chemical breath test.
During a search of Cafferty’s person, police say they discovered a baggie filled with a white powder believed to be fentanyl. The baggie was secured and transported for testing.
Cafferty was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence and cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test.
On March 16 at approximately 8:47 a.m., Officer Kevin P. Warren responded to the Thrifty Car Rental location at 2329 Post Road for a report of a larceny.
At the scene, the store’s manager told Warren that one of the vehicle’s located in the rear lot – which is used for long-term airport parking – was found to be missing all four tires and rims and was sitting atop bricks. While waiting for police to arrive, the manager said, another vehicle was found with its wheels removed.
A staff member led Warren to the location of both vehicles – the first a Honda Pilot with Connecticut registration, and the second a Jeep Cherokee with Rhode Island registration. The Honda Pilot had been parked on the morning of March 7, while the Jeep Cherokee had been parked on the night of March 15.
Staff indicated none of the surveillance cameras in the back lot were operational. Warren reports he discovered a pair of latex gloves near the Jeep Cherokee, close to a damaged portion of a fence that may have been used for access to the lot.
The case was forwarded to detectives.
On March 18, Officer Thomas R. Paine responded to an Anchorage Road residence for a report of a larceny.
The homeowner told Paine that a snowblower had been stolen from his property. The snowblower was valued at approximately $1,600 and was shared with a neighbor.
Paine canvassed the area of surveillance cameras but was unsuccessful. The case was forwarded to detectives.
Shortly before 7 a.m. on March 20, Officer Michael D. Walker responded to a Range Road address for a report of multiple vehicles being broken into.
At the scene, Walker spoke with a supervisor for the Asplundh Tree Expert company. The supervisor said when he arrived for work that morning, he noticed three company trucks had been broken into. Two chainsaws with a combined value of $1,500 and a leafblower valued at $150 had been taken from each of the vehicles – a total of nine items with a combined value of nearly $5,000.
The company indicated it wishes to press charges if a suspect is identified.
On March 21 at approximately 6:50 p.m., Officer Justin N. Martin observed a gray Hyundai with Rhode Island registration operating with one headlight out in the area of 2276 Warwick Ave.
Martin initiated a stop of the vehicle, which contained the driver and one passenger. The passenger told the officer that an active bench warrant for his arrest had been issued from Superior Court, which the officer confirmed through a records check.
Albert J. Lovegreen III, 34, of 1528 Smithfield Road, Apt. 101, North Providence, was taken into custody on the warrant without incident and transported to Warwick Police headquarters.