The Victoria Police Department has arrested a man, who was caught armed with an axe attempting to break into residences in the Rockland neighbourhood.
Police received a report on Monday about the man, who had attempted to break into a home in the 1700-block of Oak Shade Lane shortly after 10 a.m.
The homeowner, who was home at the time of the incident, reported that he had been confronted by a man armed with an axe.
Armed with a description of the man, officers — along with Patrol and Integrated Canine Services (ICS) — began to search the area.
Police say that as they searched the area, more reports were received by several area residents who reported seeing the man running through yards and attempting to gain access to various residences.
The man eventually entered a residence in the 1800-block of Richardson.
Officers arrived on the scene and found a woman who was fleeing the building announcing that the man had entered and was still inside.
Police say they were then able to call the man out and take him into custody without further incident.
Police have learned over the course of the investigation that the man is wanted on warrants in Alberta and has since travelled to Victoria, where he has been sheltering in Beacon Hill Park.
VicPD believes the man work his way from Beacon Hill Park to the Rockland area and possibly committed other break-and-enters into residences, advising residents in the area to check their belongings.
The man was held in custody for tele-bail. He faces multiple recommended charges for break and enter and assault with a weapon.
If you have information about this incident and have not yet spoken to officers, you are asked to call our non-emergency line Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1.