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Reference:Strawbery Banke Museum burglary conviction

Date of Release: April 8, 2005

Reference: Strawbery Banke Museum burglary conviction

On March 13, 2003, the Chase House located within the Strawbery Banke museum was the victim of a burglary.

During this burglary, numerous articles of antique furniture, glassware and porcelain were removed from the museum. These items were valued in excess of a quarter of a million dollars.

An employee of the Strawbery Banke was able to provide information concerning a suspicious person seen exiting the Chase House at the time of this burglary and when confronted by the employee the subject left the area in a white colored van.

At the time of this investigation, the Portsmouth Police Department, Bureau of Investigations identified a person known as:

Scott Ford DOB March 24, 1969 21 Emery Street, Sanford, Maine

as the suspect responsible for this burglary, and he was arrested during the late night hours of March 13, 2003. Most of the items taken were recovered and have been returned to the Strawbery Banke Museum.

On April 8, 2005, Scott Ford went to trial at the Rockingham County Superior Court for the incident having occurred at the Strawbery Banke museum. This trial was presided over by Superior Court Judge Tina Nadeau.

After one day of trial testimony, Scott Ford entered a guilty plea for his actions at the Strawbery Banke museum on March 13, 2003.

As a result of this guilty plea Judge Tina Nadeau sentenced Scott Ford to a term at the New Hampshire State Prison of four to eight years stand committed and run consecutively to time currently being served from criminal offenses which occurred previously to this incident.


 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500