West Shore RCMP arrested a 15-year-old boy after Langford homeowners chased away a break-and-enter suspect who made threats of having a knife.
Police responded to a report of a break-in at a home in the 1000-block of Jenkins Avenue about 1:50 a.m. Sunday. The homeowners had been awakened by noises coming from the garage and went to check it out.
“After doing some investigation just on their own, they actually witnessed the suspect wheeling away one of their ebikes,” said West Shore RCMP Const. Nancy Saggar. “After startling the suspect, they chased [him] away.”
When the homeowners gave chase, the male said he had a knife and warned them to stop.
The male ran off and one of the homeowners called 911 immediately.
Police were given “a really good detailed description” that led to them finding the suspect within minutes, Saggar said.
“They made sure that they caught a good clothing description, a good facial recognition of this individual.”
She said there were signs of forced entry to the garage, and the suspect was arrested for breaking-and-entering, uttering threats, theft and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public. The knife was also located.
The suspect was found to be breaking a court-imposed curfew and a weapons ban, stemming from a prior offence.
Saggar said approaching suspects isn’t recommended, but the incident unfolded quickly.
“This happened in such a fast time frame,” she said. “Imagine waking up, finding someone on your driveway.
“You’re chasing them away and then you hear them say: ‘Don’t come after me — I have a knife.’ ”
Dealing with a break-in at a residence where people are at home raises concerns for police, Saggar said.
It’s more common for a thief to case a place out and go back when it’s known the location will be empty.
Saggar noted that this case didn’t involve any entry into the home’s living quarters.
“There was no indication that this was going to go further into the home.”
Saggar said the case will be dealt with through the youth criminal justice system.