A Saanich woman is recovering from a disturbing Sunday evening at home alone after a man threw a planter from her porch through her sliding glass door and ran through her Dunsterville Avenue residence.
When the 53-year-old woman began to scream, the man ran downstairs, into her garage and outside towards the Mac’s store at Wilkinson and Interurban roads.
Police weren’t able to track the man through the commercial area when the call came in at 11:30 p.m., but had no problem identifying their suspect the following day, based on the court records he left in a backpack outside the home.
When the residents noticed the backpack of personal items in their yard, they called the police once more.
“The first thing (police) noticed, hanging out of one of the back pockets of the backpack were some court documents, including a promise to appear to attend court in the coming weeks and also an executed warrant for arrest,” said Saanich police spokesperson Sgt. Dean Jantzen.
“Note to self – when breaking into a residence do not leave documents in your name at the scene of the crime.”
The 34-year-old man whose name appears on the documents has no fixed address and was recently in custody of the Victoria police.
Meanwhile the homeowner is recovering from the scare with the support of her family.
“The homeowner was very disturbed by what happened that evening,” Jantzen said.
Police aren’t releasing the man’s name, but are asking him to contact the department on his own accord.