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Nathan Fortier, left, and Ronald Fitzwater. 

Pair charged in connection with theft of Raymond train memorabilia


RAYMOND — Two teenagers have been charged with breaking into an old caboose at the Raymond Historical Society and allegedly stealing historical railroad memorabilia.

Nathan Fortier, 19, of Pembroke, and Ronald Fitzwater, 18, of Manchester, were arrested after a lengthy investigation.

Fortier and Fitzwater are both charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft, criminal liability for conduct of another, criminal trespass, and burglary.

Police said they also plan to charge a juvenile in connection with the burglary.

Police began investigating after they were called to a burglary at the historical society at 1 Horse Shed Road on June 14. The break-in is believed to have occurred several weeks earlier but wasn’t discovered until June.

At the time of the break-in, the items reported stolen included a Boston & Maine Railroad conductor’s cap, believed to date back to the 1930s, 23 railroad uniform buttons, nearly 25 railroad patches, and two rare railroad police badges.

The items were displayed inside the 1932 caboose outside the historical society.

Police have said they believe entry was gained through a window.

At this point, the only items recovered were the conductor’s hat and some stolen novelty paper.

“We’re very pleased that the police have followed up on this and that they have successfully got some suspects. Our greatest hope is that the historical items are returned,” said Diana DeBruyckere, the society’s vice president, who placed the value of the stolen items and damage to the property at around $4,700.

Police Lt. Mike Labell said police aren’t sure where the rest of the stolen items may be, but he’s pleased with the outcome of the case.

“We’re satisfied whenever we’re able to close out an investigation where there’s a victim. We’re happy that the historical society was able to recover some of their items and we can hold somebody responsible,” he said.

Fortier and Fitzwater are set to be arraigned on Nov. 2 at 8:15 a.m. in the Candia Circuit Court.

jschreiber@newstote.com