Maliks Muwatta Book 41, Hadith Number 30.

Section : General Section on Cutting Off the Hand.

Yahya related to me from Malik from Abd ar-Rahman ibn al-Qasim from his father that a man from Yemen who had his hand and foot cut off came and went before Abu Bakr as-Siddiq and complained to him that the governor of the Yemen had wronged him, and the man used to pray part of the night. Abu Bakr said, “By your father, your night is not the night of a thief.” Then they missed a necklace of Asma bint Umays, the wife of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. The man came to go around with them looking for it. He said, “O Allah! You are responsible for the one who invaded the people of this good house by night!” They found the jewellery with a goldsmith. He claimed that the maimed man had brought it to him. The maimed man confessed or it was testified against him. Abu Bakr as-Siddiq ordered that his left hand be cut off. Abu Bakr said, “By Allah! His dua against himself is more serious, as far as I am concerned, than his theft.”

Yahya said that Malik said, “What is done among us about the person who steals several times and is then called to reckoning, is that only his hand is cut off for all he stole when the hadd has not been applied against him. If the hadd has been applied against him before that, and he steals what obliges cutting off, then the next limb is cut off.”