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Chronic Vancouver Offender Released Early From Jail

04/30/2012 07:32 EDT | Updated 06/30/2012 05:12 EDT

A Vancouver criminal who has 100 convictions on his criminal record stretching over more than three decades has been ordered released from jail — and his lawyer says news media are part of the reason.

Tracy Lloyd Caza, 51, had been locked up for four months, since pleading guilty to assault, and possession of cocaine.

A Vancouver Provincial Court Judge has given Caza time and a half credit for every day he's spent behind bars since January, meaning he'll likely be released Monday.

Caza's lawyer, Kevin McCullough, said his client was given extra jail-time credit because he's been held in segregation.

McCullough said the segregation was a result of the coverage Caza has received in the news media.

"Mr. Caza somehow has your attention because of some earlier offence, and because of that media attention, it gets him in segregation where he can be safe,” McCullogh said.

Caza made headlines when he was charged for stealing jewelry from a 91-year-old woman in hospital in 2008.

He was also the subject of a public warning from Vancouver police when he was released from prison on a different offence in December.

Police did re-issue a warning about Caza Monday.

A release said Caza is, "known to commit thefts and fraud by befriending and targeting elderly victims residing in residential care homes, hospital facilities, and private residences."

Caza is believed to be a high risk to re-offend, police alleged.