Saanich police arrested a man after a resident saw a would-be thief attempt to break into his home.
A resident reported a break-in in progress to police at a home in the 2600-block of Foul Bay Rd. at 1:18 p.m. on Monday.
The caller saw a man break into his shed, grab a hammer and then attempt to gain access to the home using the hammer. The resident scared the man off.
A plainclothes officer in the area spotted the suspect and trailed him in an unmarked police vehicle.
“The officer … saw him meet up with a second male and remove his pants in an attempt to alter his appearance,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen.
An Oak Bay officer, and a second Saanich officer, arrested the pair.
A 40-year-old man, with no fixed address, faces break-and-enter charges. The second man was released without being charged.