A man who failed to evade a homeowner while trying to break into a shed was sentenced Thursday to 43 days in jail.
Jordy Martin Visser-Hayne, 22, was also sentenced to one year probation during a hearing in Prince George provincial court. He was issued the sentence on a count of break and enter with intent to commit an offence.
Visser-Hayne was after RCMP were called to a Moyie Street home about 8:15 a.m. an found the homeowner holding down the suspect. An alert neighbour called police after hearing a scuffle, RCMP said.
The homeowner put himself in a risky situation, said Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass, noting the suspect could have been carrying a weapon.
"Although it did work out in this situation, we certainly don't want people getting hurt," he said. "They're desperate people and who knows what they'll do to avoid capture."
He said the best move is to simply give RCMP an accurate description and let police deal with the matter. Even if the culprit was able to get away with something, it's still better than getting hurt, Douglass said.
RCMP also urged homeowners to make sure their sheds, garages and compounds are properly secured.
Visser, who has an extensive criminal record for property offences committed in Prince George, Quesnel and Kamloops, was also sentenced to seven days in jail for breaching probation.