South Kingstown Teen Charged With Stealing Car

Anthony J. Lovechio, 18, is charged with taking a car after drinking and getting into a fight with a family member.

Unless otherwise noted, information about the following incidents was supplied by the South Kingstown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

Anthony J. Lovechio, 18, of 57 Dawley Way, South Kingstown, was arrested at about 9:04 p.m. on Oct. 1 and charged with larceny greater than $1,500, for a stolen car.

According to police, first shift officers on Oct. 1 were told of a stolen 2011 Toyota Rav 4 from a home on South Jerry Cove Road. The owner, a 78-year-old South Kingstown woman, made a report at about 7:45 a.m.

Police said that independently of the woman’s report, another officer had found an abandoned Honda Accord, registered to a family member of Lovechio, on Route 1 near Jerry Brown Farm Road.

According to police, a review of reports on Sept. 30 revealed that a family member of Lovechio was involved in a prowler complaint that night at a home on Jerry Brown Farm Road.

The family member told police he had gotten separate from Lovechio. Police noted that the family member was so intoxicated that they couldn’t determine Lovechio’s whereabouts at the time.

Police said that based on the abandoned car, the stolen car and the disappearance of Lovechio, they suspected that he might have stolen the Rav 4.

According to police, an officer driving near Lovechio’s in-system address of Dawley Way and Green Hill Beach Road found the stolen Rav 4 in the driveway of a Bedford Road home.

Police said they were able to speak to Lovechio about the incident at headquarters at about 8 p.m., at which point he confessed to taking the car.

Lovechio allegedly told police that he and a brother had been drinking at Narragansett Town Beach, and on the ride home, they began arguing. At some point, they got out of the car and had a shoving match, at which point Lovechio and the brother both got lost in the neighborhood.

Lovechio told police that he saw the Rav 4 in a driveway with the doors unlocked and the keys in the cup holder. He drove the vehicle to a home on Bedford Drive, within walking distance of his home, and then walked home.

Police arrested Lovechio. He was processed and then released at about 9:42 p.m. Felony screening is scheduled for Nov. 9.

Unless otherwise noted, the information for this article was compiled from South Kingstown police reports, which are available for review by any member of the public at their headquarters. If we’re missing a call or report you’re interested in knowing about, feel free to leave a comment or to send Local Editor Stephen Greenwell a message at Stephen.greenwell@patch.com.

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