TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) – Police in the Rhode Island town of Tiverton say they’ve made an arrest in a rare case of cattle rustling.
Police say Ledyard Lewis, 41, 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.
Information from: The Newport Daily News.
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