A homeowner was to be threatened with being set alight during a robbery plot in east Belfast, it was claimed in the High Court.
Police believe four men detained as they ran from the house at Sydenham Avenue planned to menace him with an oil canister, according to the prosecution.
Searches carried out after their arrests led to the recovery of a gun and a false police warrant card bearing the photograph of one suspect.
Details were disclosed as another of the accused was refused temporary bail to attend his daughter's graduation from a modelling school.
Bryan Grindy (43) of Bush Manor, Antrim, faces charges of conspiracy to rob, aggravated burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and possession of a firearm.
The alleged offences relate to an arrest operation carried out by an armed response unit on August 12.
The court heard claims that Grindy was spotted running from the scene in a fluorescent jacket and carrying an oil canister. The court was told other high-visibility jackets and a bag of cable ties were found during follow-up house searches.