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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Man indicted of looting pizza joint with machete stays in custody


Key takeaways: 

  • The blame appeared in the local court via video link Tuesday.
  • Police say a man was in the process of robbing from Famous Peppers Pizza on St. Peters Road in Charlottetown Friday morning when staff stepped in.

P.E.I. man accused of robbing Famous Peppers Pizza: 

A P.E.I. man charged with stealing Famous Peppers Pizza in Charlottetown while armed with a machete the previous week will stay in custody.

On Tuesday, Conor Strickland, 28, appeared briefly ere Judge Jeff Lantz in regional court by video link from jail.

Strickland told the judge he ought to talk to a lawyer and decided to stay in detention while he gets one lined up.

The alleged theft was interrupted last Friday morning by staff who were surprised to find a man inside the restaurant when they unlocked the door. 

The staff members said the intruder took two cash records, a small safe and a machete.

Police said after restaurant staff encountered the suspect, he took off on foot and ditched some clothing and the machete and robbed things.

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P.E.I. man charged with stealing Famous Peppers Pizza in Charlottetown

Accusations not yet proven

Officers used photos from the city’s E-Watch surveillance cameras to determine a possible suspect. 

Saturday night, they got a call regarding someone hiding in a shed and charged Strickland there.

The charges against him have theft with a weapon, probation violation, possession of a banned weapon, trespass at night, and stealing under $5,000.

The accusations against him have not been proven in court, and Strickland has not joined a plea.

He’ll have a possibility to do that — and perhaps pursue a release from custody while the case is before the court — when he makes another appearance this Thursday.

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