Police: Man Stole Up To 18 Cows To Settle Debt With Farmer

TIVERTON, R.I. (CBS) – A farmer has been charged with stealing as many as 18 cows from another farmer who owed him money.

Forty-one-year-old Ledyard Lewis of North Stonington, Connecticut turned himself into police in Tiverton, Rhode Island last Friday.

He was wanted for taking the cows from the High View Farm March 15.

Lewis had sold feedstock to the farm’s owner and claimed he was never paid.

So he took matters into his own hands and took the farmer’s cows, police said.

He’s charged with larceny over $500, which is a felony, and a misdemeanor – theft of animals.

Lewis was arraigned and released on $10,000 bail.

The High View Farm doesn’t have its cows back yet.

Because they were taken over state lines, they’ve been quarantined.

They’ll be returned once they’re tested and examined by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

  • Rocky Stallone

    Stealing cows? Now that is Bull**** !

  • Hugh T. Faulk

    Ledyard Lewis?!?

    With that kind of a name, I’d have expected him to be in the adult film industry!

  • Gramps

    He used to be, I worked with him “extensively” : ) He ended up an udder failure though.

  • JohnC

    Cattle rustlin’ – ain’t that a hangin’ offense?

    • Jaygee

      JC, you beat me with that comment by about 8 minutes. 125 years ago this guy would be dancing from a big oak tree without benefit of his feet touching the ground. Only one question, how in the wide world of sports did he get them off the other guy’s property? That……….I would have liked to see.

  • JG

    How much was owed? A few more facts here would be nice!

  • Rob

    Wait wait wait. He sold cows. Never got paid. Took cows back. Got arrested…


  • Willow

    Wouldn’t it be great if this was the worst story in the news? Love all the silly comments. :)

  • George Bush

    I have a beef with the media for milking this story.

  • jim

    sounds lke a repo.If you do not pay they take it back.The moral of this story..is always get the money up front

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