FARMINGTON — A district court judge set bail Monday for a man accused of stealing 22 guns and other items from a Jay residence at $5,000 cash or a Maine pre-trial service agreement.

Roger Briscoe, 33, of North Jay made his first appearance in court since his arrest by Jay police on Saturday.

Briscoe is facing felony charges of burglary, and two counts of theft including theft of firearms, and a misdemeanor charge of violation of bail conditions. A status conference on the case was set for 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington.

Judge Valerie Stanfill ordered Briscoe to have no contact with the person who owns the Walker Hill Road residence and not to return to that residence where the guns, laptop, bottle of rum and a container of change were stolen from early Friday.

She also ordered no contact with a woman he had previously resided with or the residence of 7 Pleasant Drive in North Jay where the stolen items were recovered. The exception is he will be allowed to go one time to the residence accompanied by police to pick up the remainder of his belongings, Judge Stanfill said.

She also ordered Briscoe to have no use or possession of firearms and random search for firearms.

Prior to bail being set, Assistance District Attorney Andrew Robinson argued for $5,000 cash bail. In the alternative if a pre-trial service agreement is drawn up, presented to the District’s Office and is found to be appropriate to cover the situation, then Briscoe could be released on that, Robinson said.

He is also set out the conditions of release that the judge approved in the end.

Among Briscoe’s prior convictions, Robinson said, were theft and receiving stolen property in 1997, and criminal trespass in 1999.

Defense counsel Kevin Joyce reserved the right for Briscoe’s attorney, Christopher Berryment, who Stanfill appointed to represent him, to re-argue bail.

Joyce said they agreed to all of the conditions except for the no contact provision with the woman at the Pleasant Street address, who is Briscoe’s significant other.

It would unduly complicate his life because that is where he had been living, Joyce said.

Robinson said that woman told police to have Briscoe’s truck towed to a Hilltop Collision Center in Jay to an impound yard with many of his belongings in it.

The woman is a state witness, Robinson said. Her vehicle appears to have been used, he said.

Briscoe also told police he did not live at the 7 Pleasant Drive residence, Robinson said.

Briscoe said that the couple had a fight the night before. He still had belongings there, Briscoe said.

Jay police conducted an all-day investigation Friday into the burglary at the Walker Hill Road residence.

Using information gained during their investigation, they went to the Pleasant Drive residence.

Cpl. Jeffrey Fournier saw a chain saw in a truck that belonged to a woman who lived there, Jay police Chief Larry White Sr. said Saturday. The chain saw matched the description of the one stolen from the Walker Hill home.

Detective Richard Caton IV could see the serial numbers from the outside of the truck, through a rear window, and they matched the serial numbers of the stolen chain saw, White said.

Police searched the residence and found the stolen firearms, along with the Captain Morgan’s rum and a laptop computer that were reported stolen, White said.

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