Police: Bank robbery suspect found hiding in closet

Cranston robbery suspect Nicholas Loverdi

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A man accused of robbing two banks in Cranston was arrested Friday afternoon after police said he fled a rehab facility and stole a pickup truck.

According to Col. Michael Winquist, officers found Nicholas Loverdi hiding in the closet of his Pocasset Avenue home.

Police said several people, including a corrections officer, called and identified Loverdi following the release of surveillance images from a robbery at the Webster Bank on Park Avenue on Tuesday.

Officers and state troopers went to a drug rehab facility in Exeter Thursday night to arrest Loverdi, but he ran into the woods, according to police. Then, on Friday morning, a person near the rehab facility reported someone had stolen his pickup truck, which contained a shotgun, a rifle, and ammunition.cranston-bank-robbery

Police said they later found the truck abandoned on Sterling Avenue in Providence, not far from Loverdi’s home.

Police charged Loverdi with the Webster Bank robbery, as well as the robbery of a Bank RI branch back in January. State police also charged him with stealing the pickup truck.

Loverdi was arraigned Friday night on a charge of second-degree robbery for the Webster Bank robbery and possession of a motor vehicle. The judge set bail at $30,000 with surety for the robbery charge and $10,000 for the possession charge.

He was held as a probation violator stemming from a previous charge of breaking and entering and was remanded to the ACI.

Police said Loverdi is scheduled to appear in court Monday on the Bank RI charge.