The man who burgled Boris Becker’s house in Wimbledon in 2013 has been caught on CCTV.
Police have released images of the thief looking shocked as he realises he is being filmed while performing a separate robbery in January earlier this year. It is believed that the man has burgled or attempted to burgle over 150 homes in the area since 2006, and the theft took place at the German tennis legend’s residence in October 2013.
Becker’s wife Lilly says that she lives in fear for her safety while the burglar remains at large, and that they have even considered moving home since the attempted break-in.
Mrs Becker told Crimewatch: "Not only do I have to switch on alarms, I have to leave lights on in the house.
"I can't enjoy the living room because it's connected to the garden where he has jumped over a few times.
"Our freedom has been taken away. I would do anything to protect my family. But I am a skinny little woman, there's not a lot I can do."
He has been interrupted by residents of houses he has broken into three times, and this is the third time that he has been caught on CCTV, as he was also caught on film in February 2012 and March 2013 when raiding other properties in the area.
The man escaped on that occasion after the security alarms were set off, and officers know that he has been back to the property since then.
Police also believe that his method of unlawfully entering homes is by using windows and doors that have been left open, and it is also possible that he is using a device to pick locks.
After making visits to the houses several times to pick up pieces of information about a property’s level of security, he then goes back to carry out the burglary.
His means of theft also involve disabling security devices, such as CCTV, although he appears to be shocked by the use of the camera in the image that has been shown of him in the kitchen of a home last January.
On one of the two other occasions where he was caught on camera, he arrived in a dark Vauxhall hatchback, before climbing over a fence and cutting the CCTV cables, and he then made his way to the back doors.
In the image that has caught a clear shot of his face, he also appears to have his hand over his mouth, and officers believe he records notes on a dictaphone to assist him the next time he tries to break in to that same property.
Police are urging any members of the public that can provide information to come forward, and those who can help are asked to contact Merton Police on 020 8649 3159 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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