He lost his left arm two years ago after he was run over by a local train while trying to flee after snatching a bag. The loss made the 22-year-old thief change one thing - his target.
The Kurla railway police on Saturday arrested Mohamed Shakil Abdul Shaikh for stealing from commuters on long-distance trains.
According to the police, in September, Shaikh had snatched the bag of Satish Magar who was travelling on the Habibganj Express.
Magar told the police that the thief's left arm was amputated. "He didn't lodge a complaint saying that the bag only contained a mobile phone and Rs 1,000. We only made a diary entry," said a police officer from Kurla railway police.
The police, however, alerted all their men about a thief with an amputated arm.
On Saturday morning, patrolling railway policemen noticed Shaikh and brought him to the police station. They then asked Magar lodge a complaint.
"Magar identified Shaikh as the thief who stole his bag," said Shivaji Dhumal, senior inspector, Kurla railway police.
"Shaikh is a drug addict and does not have a home or family. He operates mainly on terminuses from where outstation trains depart. He would carry out thefts during the day and spend that money to fund his addiction," Dhumal added.
Dhumal said Shaikh had lost his arm while attempting to flee after he had snatched the bag of a commuter at Masjid Bunder station. "He was running on the tracks and did not notice the approaching train," he said.
Shaikh has been remanded in police custody.