Saanich Police have arrested two men for allegedly breaking into a Canadian Tire Auto Service Centre at 3993 Cedar Hill Road and stealing several items.
Officers responded to a security alarm that went off at the store at around 5:30 a.m. on Friday, May 1, and found that someone had broken into the building.
Upon checking CCTV footage, police were able to ascertain descriptions of two suspects who were caught on camera breaking in and stealing tools and electronics in a backpcak before fleeing the scene.
While the officer was writing up a report at the scene of the crime, he noticed two individuals who he recognized as the suspects from the CCTV footage, riding down Shelbourne Street on bicycles.
They were stopped and immediately arrested for breaking and entering. The officer searched one of their backpacks and found the stolen items which were then returned to the store.
“A keen eye and a little luck on being in the right place at the right time certainly helped in this case,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades in a statement.
The men, aged 53 and 22 years old, were known to police for property crimes in the past and have been charged with break and enter.
They were released on a series of conditions and have a court date later this year.