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Altrincham man “stole £90,000 of jewellery from six multi-million pound Wimbledon homes”, court hears

By David Prior at

An Altrincham man has appeared in court accused of stealing £90,000 worth of jewellery from multi-million pound homes in Wimbledon over a number of years.

Asdrit Kapaj, of Woodfield Road in Broadheath, is accused of burgling or attempting to burgle six homes in the affluent south-west London neighbourhood between 2012 and 2018 and one count of going equipped for burglary.

The 41-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all seven allegations and will next appear at Kingston Crown Court on March 22.

At Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today, it was alleged that Kapaj stole £20,000 worth of jewellery from a home on Belvedere Grove on Christmas Day last year.

He is also accused of stealing jewellery valued at £50,000 from an address on Bathgate Road in December 2012, a further £5,000 worth from a property on Drax Avenue in December 2015 and £15,000 worth from a house on St Mary’s Road in February 2017.

He’s also alleged to have trespassed into properties with intent to steal on Church Road in January 2014 and West Side Common in October 2013.

He faces one further charge of going equipped for burglary on February 22 this year, the day he was arrested.

Wearing a grey jumper in court, Kapaj spoke only to confirm his address, age and nationality.

He identified as Yugoslavian, although he is understood to be a refugee from Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia.

The Times reported that he has run a string of fish and chip shops in Timperley, and is married with two children, aged nine and four.

Kapaj was remanded in custody.