By Shurtz, Delon on August 19, 2020.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Taber man who failed to show up for court in Lethbridge Tuesday.
It’s the second time in a row Pancho Klassen Teichroeb has missed court. He failed to attend court in July, and although a warrant was issued then, it was held to give the accused a second chance to show up for court Tuesday. When he didn’t show, the warrant was released.
“I’ve heard nothing from him,” Martha O’Connor of specialized prosecutions in Calgary told the judge during Tuesday’s brief hearing.
Teichroeb, 20, is charged with one count of mischief under $5,000 stemming from an incident April 2 when, according to Taber police, four people entered a “food establishment” and one of the individuals licked a product. The business removed the packaged goods from the shelves and sanitized the area, following Covid-19 cleaning protocols.
Police said the group was creating a video to put on the social media platform Tik Tok.
The four people left the business, but a witness reported the incident to store management and police later identified the suspects and charged one of them.
Teichroeb was released on an undertaking to appear in Taber provincial court July 7 which, like other circuit courts, is being held in Lethbridge because of the COVID-19 pandemic. O’Connor pointed out during July’s hearing there is a sign posted at circuit courts informing people what they are required to do on their appearance dates. She also noted the accused hadn’t requested disclosure from her office.
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