AUGUSTA — A Randolph man arrested in connection with an apparent robbery Nov. 24 at the Trademark Federal Credit Union in Augusta was in court Wednesday facing charges of burglary and theft.

Jamie S. Morrill, 43, told he told police he was down to his last $2 when he robbed the bank on Edison Drive; he got $600, according to an affidavit by Augusta police Detective Nathan Walker.

Morrill, who was arrested Dec. 28, made an initial appearance Wednesdav at the Capital Judicial Center via video link from the Kennebec County jail.

Justice Robert Mullen listed the charges against him and asked whether he understood his rights.

The state, through Assistant District Attorney Carrie James asked for $2,500 cash bail with a Maine Pretrial Services contact and conditions that prohibit Morrill from returning to the credit union.

Attorney Matthew Morgan, representing Morrill as lawyer of the day, asked for $750 cash bail with a Maine Pretrial Services supervision contract. Morgan said no threats of violence and no weapons were used at the bank.

“He’s lived in the same home for 11 years that he owns in Randolph, and his family is here in Maine,” Morgan said.

James argued for the higher bail because of what she termed “the seriousness of the crime.”

Mullen set bail as requested by Morgan and included the provision making the credit union off-limits to Morrill. He also told Morrill to either apply to see if he qualifies for a court-appointed attorney or to hire his own attorney soon. Later, District Attorney Maeghan Maloney explained why the complaint charged burglary and theft rather than an anticipated robbery charge.

“Robbery requires “threaten(ed) to use force against any person … ,” she said in an email. “My office currently has the probable cause affidavit — not the full report. As more information becomes available it may be possible to bring a charge robbery before the grand jury, but not at this time.”

Morrill was arrested on Monday at his home. He remained at the jail Wednesday evening.

Walker’s affidavit says Morrill went into the bank and passed a note to the teller that said, “need 50’s and 100’s only, no bait, no dye, no transmitter, no problem.”

The teller told police the man neither spoke nor indicated he had a weapon. She handed over money from her drawer and he walked out of the credit union.

Another teller told police that a Volkswagen Jetta had been circling the area earlier and had pulled into the parking lot eight or nine times, always parking next to the woods.

Police traced the vehicle’s registration to Morrill.

They said they also seized a pair of blue, mechanic-style gloves that Morrill told them he used in the robbery

His next court hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 12, also at the Capital Judicial Center.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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