Terje Larsen, who has been convicted for no fewer than 664 burglaries and who served a dozen prison sentences in the 1980s, was arrested on Monday night as he travelled by foot from the town of Geilo.
"He has been charged with burglary and theft from a cabin," Kaare Tiller of the local police told VG newspaper.
Sigrid Kirkvoll, who reported the theft from her cottage last week, said she was glad the burglar had been caught.
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"We are very relieved," she told VG. "It is good to be able to tell this to our children. They have been a little afraid that he would come back."