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Accused thieves agree to remain behind bars to await trial

Two men charged with a commercial break-in and theft have elected trial by supreme court judge alone.

Arthur Michael Nelson, 37, and Darren Jason Puglas, 35, are both well-known to police and were arrested just before Christmas.

According to RCMP, the two were trying to start a vehicle when they were nabbed by officers. Police say the vehicle was stolen and inside were televisions stolen from a business.

Nelson had just been out of jail for three days, after serving a one-year sentence for break and enter, when he was arrested.

Both men have agreed to remain behind bars until their trial. On Monday, in Campbell River provincial court, both men elected trial in B.C. Supreme Court by judge alone, without a jury.

A trial date has yet to be set.

Nelson and Puglas are charged with break enter and theft, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of break-in Instruments and two counts of possession of stolen property.

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