Alleged armed teenage burglar caught in the act in Mt Clear

A homeowner confronted a teenage burglar who allegedly produced a box cutter in a Mount Clear house this morning.

Police allege the 16-year-old broke into the home on a big block along Pindari Drive just after 7am, stealing two purses, a mobile phone and a camera. 

But as he was rummaging through the house an occupant of the home, a man in his 60s, confronted him.

"A struggle took place," Victoria Police spokeswoman Creina O'Grady said.

"During the altercation, the burglar allegedly produced a box cutter and threatened the man."

The boy then allegedly snatched the man's car keys and was heading to a vehicle before police suddenly arrived.

Officers quickly arrested the 16-year-old, who is from Mount Helen.

Ms O'Grady said he was being interviewed by Ballarat detectives at a police station and was expected to be charged.