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‘Wimbledon prowler’ Asdrit Kapaj , who raided 21 homes in 11 years, to be sentenced | UK News

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One of the most prolific burglars in Britain is to be sentenced more than 11 years after he began a notorious crime spree that saw him raid almost two dozen homes in southwest London.

Asdrit Kapaj has been described as the “Wimbledon prowler” for the way in which he targeted the affluent community, regularly travelling down from his home in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, between 2008 and February 2019 to steal expensive jewellery and cash from victims.

He pleaded guilty to 21 burglary charges at Kingston Crown Court earlier this year – and one of two counts of attempted burglary was for trying to steal from the home of tennis star Boris Becker.

The prolific thief dubbed the "Wimbledon Prowler", who has admitted to raiding a string of homes
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The prolific burglar was dubbed the ‘Wimbledon Prowler’

The 43-year-old would always carry out his raids under the cover of night, often arriving in his Mercedes car, before gaining entrance to properties through an open window and searching quickly and quietly for valuables.

His caution helped him evade arrest for years – he would leave many items behind to avoid arousing suspicion, including one instance in which he took £600 from a wallet but left £200 behind.

It left many homeowners thinking they had mislaid or spent the money themselves, and Kapaj – who worked at a chip shop – was also careful when it came to taking items like rings and necklaces.

He once even repaired a damaged window frame with a pot of matching paint from a nearby shed.

Police could not find a single Kapaj fingerprint in any of the houses he looted, but he was eventually arrested in February after being caught on CCTV with a snood, a pair of gloves and a torch.

Scotland Yard had previously linked him to 200 burglaries.

The 'prowler' was captured on CCTV in a fisherman's hat
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He was captured on CCTV in a fisherman’s hat

Kapaj has never revealed what happened to the money and jewellery, but police believe he may have lost a large amount of the cash to gambling.

He will be sentenced for a total of 24 burglary offences – 21 burglaries, two attempted burglaries and one charge of going equipped – at Kingston Crown Court on Friday.

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