A woman was at her Bacchus Marsh home on Sunday when she saw a man attempting to break into her home in the early hours of the morning, a court has heard.
Luke Calloway appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Monday after being arrested near the woman's home.
Police informant Constable Lowe said the woman heard her security door open and saw the door knob turn, before the person tried to enter through the back door of the house at 1.20am on Sunday.
The court heard the woman saw a person run from the yard wearing all black clothes.
Constable Lowe said police saw a male wearing all back coming from the direction of the home at 1.27am.
It is alleged Calloway ran down the street when he saw police and threw his backpack into a driveway.
The court heard police allegedly found tools, a stanley knife, a shifter, a crowbar and a metal bar in the backpack and gloves in Calloway's pocket.
Calloway was arrested and taken to the Bacchus Marsh Police Station.
He was on bail for burglary and theft charges at the time of the alleged offending.
Constable Lowe said Calloway had an extensive criminal history and had failed to appear on bail on six previous occasions.
He said police found an ice pipe in Calloway's possession, leading them to believe he was using methamphetamine.
Calloway made a bail application and represented himself from the dock.
"I know it does seem like that was me, it wasn't me," he said.
"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Calloway said he lived with his parents and was trying to seek assistance for drug use.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose said she refused bail because Calloway had failed to show compelling reasons.
"There is an unacceptable risk of you committing further offences while on bail," she said.
Calloway will return to court on July 17 via audio visual link.
Ms Toose said she made the court date sooner rather than later because she was concerned Calloway might spend more time on remand than any sentence imposed.
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