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North Stonington Man Busted For Theft Of 18 Cows

18 cows went missing from Tiverton, R.I. farm on March 15.

arrested a North Stonington man on Friday in connection with the theft of 18 cows that went missing from High View Farm in Tiverton last week, Tiverton Patch reported.

Ledyard E. Lewis, 41, of 273 Boombridge Road, North Stonington, was charged with larceny over $500 (a felony) and theft of animals.

According to Tiverton police, Lewis turned himself in on Friday. The theft was reported on Thursday, March 15. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Molly Cote and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

Lewis claims to have acted alone in the theft and that he took the cows in payment for materials (feedstock) he previously sold to farm owner Arthur Smith. According to an NBC 10 News report, a truck and trailer took the cows off the property during the day.

Currently, the cows are quarantined on Lewis’s North Stonington farm, since they were transported across state lines. Once the cows are tested and examined by a representative of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, they can be returned to Tiverton. No time frame has been given for this process.

The case will be referred to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office for review and charges will go to Superior Court.

Stephen Bessette March 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
If you bought fire wood from him, what would he have taken from you if your check bounced?
Heather G March 20, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I agree with Laura, there is defo more to this story.
Andrea McKenzie March 20, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Devil's advocate: I'm not condoning what he did. But if, in fact, he was owed payment, I understand how one can get frustrated over not being paid to the point of doing something illegal or foolish. My husband owns his own business. He shows up on time, does the work excellently, and cleans up when he's finished. He's yet to have a complaint. But some of the people he works for take their jolly sweet time in paying, as if our mortgage will pay itself and groceries for four hungry kids fall out of the sky. People are infuriatingly selfish, giving little thought to the fact that the services rendered actually cost someone something. Again, it's not right to steal, but there may be something to the other person owing him money, and that's wrong, too.
Local March 20, 2012 at 07:58 PM
In these hard times, when our food sources are under attack, and resources are scarce, one farmer should appreciate the levity of a debt he has to another, The Lewis's are ancient dairymen in Stonington, and we, as a community should stand behind Ledyard and the rest of the Lewis family in this matter, and revere them for having the initiative to collect on their debts the old fashioned way. If Mr. Smith saw him at auction that day, he should have acknowledged the debt, not expected Lewis to.
Jill March 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM
He owed the $$$, he shold have paid.....if you don't pay on your car loan, they repo your car, if you don't pay on your phone bill they shut you off....well if you don't pay for the feed that went into your cows, than I think they cows should be taken since it took the feed to let them survive.

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