Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021

File: 21-44228

Victoria, BC – A landlord who observed a suspicious man at his residence on CCTV interrupted a break and enter in progress yesterday afternoon.

At approximately 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon Patrol officers responded to a report from tenants in a residence in the 1200-block of Bay Street that a man had smashed a glass window and broken into the landlord’s upstairs suite in the home. While the tenants were reporting the break and enter, the landlord had also observed the suspect on CCTV footage. The landlord returned to the home to find the suspect inside his suite, stealing belongings. The landlord apprehended the suspect, recovered his belongings, and held the man for police.

Officers attended and located the suspect with the landlord. Officers took custody of the man without further incident. No one was physically injured.

Officers transported the suspect to VicPD cells. The suspect, a 48-year-old man with 12 previous convictions for break and enter, was held in police custody to await a bail hearing. He faces recommended charges of break and enter and theft.

This file remains under investigation.

CCTV and other camera systems can provide additional security for your residence by providing alerts and livestreams. If you observe someone breaking into your residence via live CCTV, call 911.

If you have information about this incident, please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 and press 1 to speak with the Report Desk. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.