A serial burglar dubbed the “Wimbledon prowler” has admitted making an attempt to raid the house of tennis star Boris Becker.
Asdrit Kapaj, 42, burgled a string of residences within the London suburb, dwelling to the All England Garden Tennis Membership.
His “sustained campaign” spanned greater than a decade, netting him high-end gadgets and 1000’s in money.
After pleading guilty to 21 burglaries last month, he returned to court docket on Monday to confess an tried burglary at Mr Becker’s dwelling.
Kingston Crown Court docket heard Kapaj travelled from Altrincham, Larger Manchester, to focus on houses in south-west London from 2008 till his arrest in February.
He tried to raid Becker’s home on 31 October 2013.
The 51-year-old German, who gained six Grand Slam singles occasions throughout his profession – together with Wimbledon 3 times – lived within the space along with his then spouse Lilly on the time.
Becker stated: “He didn’t actually get into the house,” earlier than including “I’m pleased he’s been caught.”
His estranged spouse Lilly stated: “He had no choice but to admit what he’d done.”
Scotland Yard had linked the “prowler”, who wore a particular fisherman’s hat, to 200 burglaries in whole.
He was accused of meticulously destroying safety tools and police stated he might have used a tool to choose locks.
Over time, Kapaj’s haul included a diamond ring, a gold necklace and a gold watch.
In addition to the tried raid on Becker’s dwelling, Kapaj admitted one other burglary within the space on 25 January 2014.
Choose Peter Lodder QC described the married father of two as having “identified a particular area and conducted a sustained campaign”.
A big group of residents went to court docket final month to have fun Kapaj’s responsible pleas.
One, Laurie Porter, stated householders had been now “sleeping more easily” after he admitted the burglaries.
Kapaj will subsequent seem in court docket on 7 June.
He was already on account of be sentenced for his different offences, which additionally included two counts of tried burglary, on 21 June.