October 08, 2003 12:00 PM

One fan’s enthusiasm wasn’t quite music to pop star Sheryl Crow’s ears on Monday night.

Police nabbed Ambrose Kappos, an alleged stalker, before the singer’s benefit concert at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the city’s Daily News reports.

Crow’s security guards kicked Kappos out of the concert hall during a sound check several hours before the show, telling him to wait in line outside, according to the paper. As the “All I Wanna Do” singer approached the theater later that evening with her entourage, Kappos then allegedly shouted out, “I’m in love with you! We’re soul mates!”

Crow begs to differ: She has a restraining order against the New Yorker, who allegedly has been following the singer — and her family — for more than a year. Kappos, a former Navy diver, turned up at Crow’s father’s home in Tennessee in July 2002, law enforcement sources tell the Daily News. He also apparently has called Crow’s sister, telling her “that he’s going to marry her and she has to have his babies,” a source in the singer’s camp tells the paper.

New York authorities charged Kappos with burglary for sneaking into the theater, as well as stalking, harassment, aggravated harassment and criminal possession of marijuana.

His brother, Van Kappos, offered the rocker an apology.

“I want to apologize, from my whole family and myself, to Sheryl Crow and her family,” he tells the Daily News. “We are sorry if my brother caused her any grief. It must be somewhat frightening to the singer and her family. He’s infatuated.”

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