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Saanich Police (File photo/Victoria Buzz)

Saanich Police say they arrested a man Wednesday night near Tillicum Mall after a hydraulic rescue pump was stolen from a fire engine.

The theft occurred during a break and enter at around 10:30 p.m. on July 8 at the Saanich Fire Department temporary hall at Pearkes Recreation Centre.

VicPD provided a K-9 unit to assist and was successful in locating the suspect near the Trans-Canada Highway, and the pump in nearby Cuthbert Holmes Park.

“We would like to thank VicPD for their assistance on locating the evidence and suspect on this file and we were pleased to be able to return the important piece of fire rescue equipment back to the Saanich Fire Department,” stated Cst. Markus Anastasiades.

The suspect has been charged with Break and Enter and is scheduled to appear in court later this year.