Cranston police make arrests for snow plows stolen a year ago

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Arrests have been made in a crime committed nearly a year ago in Cranston.

Back in January, four city vehicles with snowplow attachments were stolen. On Thursday, police announced that 42-year-old Jason Lehman of Warwick and 48-year-old John Lyons of Providence were charged in connection to the crime.

“They were described today as a two man crime wave,” said Captain Karen Guilbeault.

Cranston police worked on several leads over the past year explained Guilbeault. “It’s just good old-fashioned police work that solved this crime,” she said.

Lehman and Lyons, accused of stealing city plows worth around $20,000, are accused of larceny and destruction of property. They will be arraigned Friday.

Police told Eyewitness News that these two may have committed similar crimes in several cities and towns as well.

“Including Smithfield, Warwick, and South Attleboro police, as well as Providence police, who also had similar thefts,” said Guilbeault. “So all of those detectives in those agencies worked with our agencies, and it’s a clear example of agencies working together and we’ve solved multiple crimes as a result of this.”

The original incident occurred over the Christmas holiday last year. While the trucks were recovered, the plows never were.