That’s where it was on Thursday, March 20, after the caretaker of the former Zion College Bible property called police to report a break-in. The caretaker told officers that someone had pried open the heavy wooden front doors to Belton Court — they are secured now with 2-by-4s — and illegally entered the building.
Whoever broke into the mansion later walked out with a large mirror. The caretaker told police the mirror was worth about $100.
About three months ago, police received a call after someone broke into Belton Court and vandalized the building’s interior.
Belton Court is an historic estate that was built in the early 1900s as the country home for Frederick Stanhope Peck, who was a noteworthy figure in Rhode Island politics at that time. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976; it is one of a handful of Barrington properties to be earn the distinction.
Belton Court and the surrounding buildings had been home to Barrington College and more recently Zion Bible College. When the college relocated to Haverhill, Mass., the property went up for sale.
A group of people representing a company called Shineharmony Holdings, LLC., purchased the 39.5-acre property that includes Belton Court and a number of other buildings for $3.5 million at an auction in Oct. 2011. Since the sale there has been very little done to the property, Belton Court in particular.