Halifax police warn about release of high-risk offender

Police are warning residents in the Halifax area about the release of a high-risk offender that is now living in the community.

Halifax Regional Police say 57-year-old Ross Nelson Garland was released from Dorchester Penitentiary Friday after completing a sentence for robbery and forcible confinement.

Police say Garland has a history of criminal convictions dating back to 1977 that include armed robbery, aggravated assault, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, break and enter, trafficking, theft, impaired driving, and other offences.

His most recent conviction for robbery and forcible confinement, according to police, involved an adult woman he didn't know.

Garland will be on court-imposed conditions for eight years, and will be required to follow a number of strict conditions.

He's described as an aboriginal man with brown eyes and brown hair, 6'3" tall and weighing 276 pounds.

Police say they are releasing the information to alert the public, but warn that any form of vigilante activity won’t be tolerated.

With files from CTV Atlantic