Mariyar Pootham was arrested from a railway track by a special police team as he was preparing to rob houses in Kaloor and Lissy areas in the city, they said, adding he was wanted in over 200 cases.
The special team was formed to arrest the 53-year-old man, hailing from Colachel in Tamil Nadu, following complaints from various residents' associations.
Police had in the past recovered CCTV footage from many areas, showing Mariyar Pootham holding sharp weapons, getting ready to rob homes.
Police said Mariyar Pootham has been a resident of the city for the past 30 years and was in the business of selling scrap items.
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