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Co-accused in theft in court

Terrence McEachern
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Yellowknife man accused of breaking into The Brick furniture store and stealing two televisions in August will be back in territorial court this afternoon, a week after his co-accused was sentenced for the offences.

Shane Edward Elanik, 34, has been in jail awaiting his court case since his Aug. 31 arrest.

His appearance in court today will be to determine whether he will be granted bail as legal proceedings continue.

He is charged with theft under $5,000, break, enter and theft and breach of probation after two, 55-inch Sony televisions were taken from the store on Aug. 26.

Court records show Elanik is also charged with other unrelated offences of theft and break and enter on Aug. 29 and possession of stolen property on Aug. 31 as well as two breaches of probation while there was a warrant issued for his arrest.

Elanik's co-accused, Norman Charles Koe, 34, pleaded guilty on Sept. 1 for his role in the Brick break-in. Judge Bernadette Schmaltz sentenced Koe to six months in jail for the break, enter and theft.

According to the agreed facts, Koe and another man entered the Brick through a back door of the Brick warehouse around midnight on Aug. 26.

Once inside, they went directly to the electronics department and stole the two televisions, loading them into the back of a parked vehicle, said Crown prosecutor Jean-Benoit Deschamps.

Koe was caught on the store's video surveillance, and arrested hours later near Old Airport Road. The two televisions, valued at $4,196, have not been recovered.

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