TORONTO -- Police say a naked tomato thief is on the loose in Toronto's west end.

They say at about 8 p.m., officers received a call about a naked man who was seen in a residential backyard "soaping himself up" and washing off with a hose.

The garden intruder then took off with tomatoes from the backyard.

Toronto police say officers arrived at the home near Indian Grove and Dundas Street West, but the man had fled the scene.

A search was conducted in the neighbourhood, but police say the man or the tomatoes could not be found.