Two men already on court and parole orders have been refused bail for allegedly possessing numerous tools and weapons as they tried to open apartment and car doors at Belconnen's Oracle complex.
Cam Massey, 33, and Alexander John Baudinette, 37, did not plead to numerous counts of possessing items with intent to use in burglary and knife possessions without reasonable excuses when they appeared via video link in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police documents tendered state about 12.50pm on August 1 this year, someone saw the two men allegedly trying to open apartment and car doors at the Oracle apartment complex in Belconnen.
A short time later, the men saw police arriving and immediately ran, triggering a foot chase for about 100m.
Mr Massey then tried to get away in a Toyota Corolla but police were able to stop him.
Police threatened to use capsicum spray after Mr Massey resisted their attempt to restrain him.
When police were able to drag him out of the car and arrest him, they searched him and found two knives, about 18cm and 21cm in length, allegedly in his possession.
They also searched a bag and found numerous items, including pliers, wire cutters, a flash light, tape, a screwdriver and gloves.
When police asked him why he allegedly possessed the items, he said: "No comment."
Police documents state on July 30 this year, an ACT Sentence Administration Board member issued a warrant to arrest Mr Massey after he allegedly breached the obligations of his parole.
The alleged breaches involved not reporting during a "significant period of time and his whereabouts are unknown".
As for Mr Baudinette, police allege he possessed scissors, a multi tool, a screwdriver, two knives and knuckle dusters.
The court on Monday heard Mr Baudinette was recently released from jail for offending similar to the fresh charges and he was subjected to a good behaviour order.
Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker refused bail for both men.
Ms Walker said she based her decision regarding Mr Massey on the police documents, his criminal history and the alleged parole breach.
She said those factors increased his likelihood of committing further offences and unlikelihood to answer bail, as well as him facing the prospect of further jail time.
Ms Walker said information available to the court suggested Mr Baudinette posed a strong likelihood of reoffending.
She also cited the recent good behaviour order and his recent leave from jail, as well as the strong prosecution case.
"I'm not satisfied the conditions proposed can address the likelihood of further offending," she said.
Mr Massey is also charged with resisting a public official and Mr Baudinette with possessing a prohibited weapon - these charges have also not been pleaded to.
Both men are scheduled to front court again on August 23.
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