A prolific offender from Alberta has been booted off Vancouver Island after being arrested while in possession of a stolen bait bike in Nanaimo.

At around noon last Tuesday, a 38-year-old man with no fixed address was arrested in the vicinity of Cypress Street area by Nanaimo RCMP Task Force officers.

He was the subject of 11 arrest warrants throughout Alberta at the time of this arrest, and had been before the courts for several violent offences.

The man was charged with one count of possession of stolen property at a judicial bail hearing that day, and is due to return to Vancouver Island to attend his next court date in Nanaimo on June 4th.

He was released on a recognizance of bail and was given a condition to stay off of Vancouver Island unless here for court purposes.

Upon release, officers drove the accused to the Departure Bay Ferry terminal, purchased a walk-on ticket for him and ensured he was on board the next outbound ferry.

“This should be a good reminder to anyone intent on travelling to our fair city and engaging in criminal activity – you’re not welcome here,” Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O’Brien said in a statement.