Oak Bay Police arrested a man hiding in the laundry room of an apartment building at Transit Road and Newport Avenue who is believed to have broken in. (Google Earth Image)

Man equipped with bear spray, tools caught in Oak Bay laundry room

Prolific offender arrested after allegedly breaking into apartment building

Oak Bay police arrested a man hiding in the laundry room of an apartment building at the intersection of Newport Avenue and Transit Road at about 10 p.m. Sunday.

The man has a long criminal history and the fact that he was in possession of bear spray was concerning to police, said Oak Bay Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties.

“This prolific offender was equipped to commit property crimes but perhaps more concerning is that fact that he was carrying bear spray,” Bernoties said. “I’m pleased our members were able to quickly apprehend him without incident.”

The call originated from a report that a rock had smashed through the lobby window of an apartment building in the area.

The man is scheduled to appear in court today.

reporter@oakbaynews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Esquimalt speed skating week helps province determine find fastest skater

Speed Week takes place on Dec. 17 at Archie Browning arena

Longtime Saanich drama group brings pirates onstage for traditional Christmas pantomime

St. Luke’s Players present Treasure Island Dec. 18 to Jan. 4

Goldstream church offers free festive feast

Gordon United Church says all are welcome to attend Monday’s meal

Sex workers march in downtown Victoria for Red Umbrella Day

Red umbrellas became a symbol of sex workers after an art installation in Italy

MLA Adam Olsen calls for ‘substantial’ changes in provincial economy

Green Party MLA also criticizes gap between government rhetoric and actions

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Pacioretty scores 2, Golden Knights top Canucks 6-3

Vegas goalie Fleury gets win No. 452

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Most Read