Aug 5, 2016 5:43 PM

Judge lowers bail from $100K to $20K for man accused of breaking into NH Statehouse

CONCORD — A judge lowered bail on Friday for the man accused of breaking into the Statehouse and leaving portraits damaged.

James Polito, 25, allegedly broke in through a window on July 16, causing damage to some of the historic paintings inside.

Polito was later arrested in St. Cloud, Florida and charged with burglary and criminal mischief. He was initially held on $100,000 bail.

Polito's attorney said his client was in Florida because he was helping his sister with a legal problem. He also said Polito has a number of disabilities and argued for bail to be lowered. The judge complied and set bail at $20,000, but ordered Polito not to leave the state or enter the Statehouse. He will be back in court on Friday, Aug. 12.

Police said no items were taken during the break-in and have not yet released an estimation of how much the repairs will cost.

Colleen Shaughnessy is a multimedia journalist for NH1 News. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter, @ColleenNH1.

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