‘Wimbledon Prowler’ suspect, 42, appears in court accused of stealing £500,000 worth of jewellery

Asdrit Kapaj (pictured) is suspected of being the Wimbledon Prowler that targeted affluent homes in south-west London

Asdrit Kapaj (pictured) is suspected of being the Wimbledon Prowler that targeted affluent homes in south-west London

Asdrit Kapaj (pictured) is suspected of being the Wimbledon Prowler that targeted affluent homes in south-west London

An accused burglar suspected of being the ‘Wimbledon Prowler’ appeared in court today accused of stealing jewellery worth more than £500,000.

Asdrit Kapaj, 42, has now been accused of breaking into multi-million pound homes across the affluent suburb in southwest London between 2008 and 2018.

The married father of-two appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today charged with 18 burglaries and two attempted burglaries, totalling around £542,000.

According to the charges, jewellery to the value of £371,855 was taken in one single burglary, between 24 February 2017 and 27 February 2017, in Atherton Drive, Wimbledon.

Wearing a red jumper and jeans Mr Kapaj, from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, spoke only to confirm his name, address and Serbian nationality.

Earlier this year he appeared in court charged with six other burglaries and one of going equipped for burglary, over allegations he stole valuables worth £90,000 from properties in Wimbledon.

Mary Atera, prosecuting, said today: ‘He has been charged as part of a specialised police investigation.

‘Police were investigating a series of burglaries particularly in affluent parts of Wimbledon.

Asdrit Kapaj today appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court (pictured) and will face Kingston Crown Court next month

Asdrit Kapaj today appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court (pictured) and will face Kingston Crown Court next month

Asdrit Kapaj today appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court (pictured) and will face Kingston Crown Court next month

‘The defendant had been targeting specific areas and the burglaries were only committed at night, between 7pm and 5am.

‘The defendant had been committing a very tidy search when going into homes, closing drawers and putting items back in place, causing some of the victims not to discover they had been burgled. He targeted jewellery and cash.’

Mr Kapaj’s latest charges will be linked up to the other offences when he appears at Kingston Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on April 24. Mr Kapaj, of Broadheath, was remanded in custody to appear at Kingston Crown Court on 24 April.

 

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