Police arrested the 31-year-old male illegal immigrant from the mainland in the early hours of Monday during an anti-burglary operation near Nam Wa Po on Tai Wo Service Road West.
A police spokesman said officers tried to apprehend the suspect when they saw him breaking into a village house using a screwdriver, but were met with strong resistance.
During the pursuit, the suspect left behind his screwdriver, flashlight and gloves. He also pepper-sprayed the officers during the chase.
The suspect was eventually subdued and was currently detained for assaulting police officers, attempted burglary, possession of arms without a license, and illegal entry into Hong Kong.
Two officers who were pepper-sprayed were sent to hospital for treatment.
The spokesman also said police believe the man was responsible for multiple burglaries in the area, which the force will further investigate.
Yesterday morning (6/12) three residents of Tseng Tau Tsuen, Sai Kung, woke up to find that they had been burgled during the night.