PARIS — A Poland man charged with breaking into an Otisfield home and stealing money had bail set at $20,000 cash Friday in 11th District Court.
Joseph Garland, 44, was arrested Monday, Sept. 18, and charged with Class B burglary and Class C theft by unauthorized taking or transfer with prior convictions.
Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison, while Class C crimes carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
According to an affidavit by Trooper Adam Fillebrown of the Maine State Police, he requested high bail for Garland because of his extensive criminal history related to thefts and burglaries.
“Joseph was released from the Maine State Prison within the past year (after) serving a 10-year sentence and has 64 pages of criminal history, including multiple burglaries and thefts,” Fillebrown wrote.
Garland’s bail conditions include being subject to random search and testing, no use or possession of illegal drugs, and having no direct contact with the Otisfield homeowner.
According to an affidavit by Oxford County Deputy Joshua Daley, he received a call Sept. 18 from an Otisfield man who arrived home to find a man who he didn’t know standing on his porch. When the homeowner asked what he was doing, the man fled into the woods.
The homeowner later discovered someone stole between $60 and $80 from his counter, along with Common Ground Fair tickets and jewelry, according to the affidavit. Daley said it appeared the man had entered the home through a rear basement door by using a credit card.
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Daley said he was contacted by the Oxford Police Department and told they received a tip that the Otisfield burglar was Garland.
The homeowner identified Garland and Daley found him in Poland and arrested him, according to the affidavit.