Connecticut Man Arrested For Stealing R.I. Cows

TIVERTON, RI (AP / CBSNewYork) – Police in the Rhode Island town of Tiverton say they’ve made an arrest in a rare case of cattle rustling.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

The Newport Daily News reports that Ledyard Lewis of North Stonington, Conn., turned himself in on Friday in the theft of at least 18 cows from High View Farm. Lewis says he took the cows because the farm’s owner, Arthur Smith, owed him money. Police say Lewis told them Smith owed him for feed.

Lewis was arraigned and released on $10,000 personal recognizance. He faces charges of felony larceny and theft of animals. Authorities say transporting the stolen animals across state lines could lead to federal charges.

Because the cows were mixed in with those on Lewis’ farm, they are under quarantine until they can be tested for tuberculosis.

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  1. Jackie Schmidts says:

    Backl in the good old days they’d of strung him up for this kind of theft. But this is RI after all, give him a hug, tell him he was a bad boy and tell him not to do it again.

    1. Bobb says:

      Instead of arresting him for stealing the cows, arrest the other guy for stealing the feed. Is this any different than a bank taking collateral for an unpaid loan?

  2. Matt S. says:

    He was a friend of mine. If he took the cows he had good reason to. He is one of the most honest hard working people i know.

  3. rabble rouser says says:

    Holy MoooCow batman…………………..that’s a lot of beef

  4. WTF? says:

    THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE CRAZIEST STORIES I’VE HEARD RECENTLY. SERIOUSLY WHAT WAS THIS GUY TRIPPING OUT ON?

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