A serial burglar dubbed the “Wimbledon prowler” has been jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to 26 offences.
After seeing the headline on yesterday’s papers, the Wombles are said to have gone on the run.
Asdrit Kapaj made 400-mile round trips from Greater Manchester to south-west London to commit his crimes.
Whereas the Wombles MO has been to simply go underground after picking up items left on Wimbledon Common by unsuspecting visitors.
Officers from Wimbledon Serious and Organised Crime Squad have made capturing the persistent thieves their number one priority. Following the announcement Uncle Bulgaria is believed to have been smuggled out of the country and is on his way to Costa del Sol.
Kapaj is said to be responsible for stealing up to £5m in jewellery and cash from homes in Wimbledon Village dating back to 2008.
Greenpeace have defended the Wombles, saying they only pick up rubbish and are protecting the environment. But speaking on behalf of some of their alleged victims, Bob Bobson said, ‘There may be this romantic view of them simply wombling free and making sure the Common is safe, but these creatures are a stain on society. They’re organised and callous, and they prey on the vulnerable. Last week I left some things on the Common and when I came back in the morning, they’d taken my newspaper, an empty coffee and half a bag of Skips. They’d even taken my Iphone – but luckily somebody had retrieved that and handed it into the police.’
Sentencing Kapaj, Judge Peter Lodder QC said “You are a prolific, persistent and professional burglar. Such was your stealth and expertise in many cases it remains a mystery how you gained entry to their homes. Not surprisingly, you terrified the whole community.”
But with the Wimbledon Prowler now behind bars and the Wombles fleeing the town using underground and overground trains the community can finally sleep well.