A serial burglar dubbed the “Wimbledon prowler” has admitted attempting to raid the house of tennis star Boris Becker.
Asdrit Kapaj, 42, burgled a string of residences within the London suburb, residence to the All England Garden Tennis Membership.
His “sustained marketing campaign” spanned greater than a decade, netting him high-end gadgets and 1000’s in money.
After pleading responsible to 21 burglaries final month, he returned to court docket on Monday to confess an tried housebreaking at Mr Becker’s residence.
Kingston Crown Court docket heard Kapaj travelled from Altrincham, Higher 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 received six Grand Slam singles occasions throughout his profession – together with Wimbledon thrice – lived within the space along with his then spouse Lilly on the time.
Becker stated: “He did not truly get into the home,” earlier than including “I am happy he is been caught.”
His estranged spouse Lilly stated: “He had no selection however to confess what he’d performed.”
Scotland Yard had linked the “prowler”, who wore a particular fisherman’s hat, to 200 burglaries in complete.
He was accused of meticulously destroying safety tools and police stated he might have used a tool to select locks.
Through the years, Kapaj’s haul included a diamond ring, a gold necklace and a gold watch.
In addition to the tried raid on Becker’s residence, Kapaj admitted one other housebreaking within the space on 25 January 2014.
Choose Peter Lodder QC described the married father of two as having “recognized a selected space and performed a sustained marketing campaign”.
A big group of residents went to court docket final month to have fun Kapaj’s responsible pleas.
One, Laurie Porter, stated householders have been now “sleeping extra simply” after he admitted the burglaries.
Kapaj will subsequent seem in court docket on 7 June.
He was already as a result of be sentenced for his different offences, which additionally included two counts of tried housebreaking, on 21 June.