King of Thieves

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Australians - 328 pages
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A highly organised gang of Australian shoplifters is at work in Britain stealing goods worth hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. New members of the gang are flown from Australia whenever the organisers want replacements. The Guardian, 15 August 1968.From the mid 1960s, a brazen band of Australian thieves ran riot in London for more than a decade, pulling off the most daring heists Scotland Yard had ever seen. They were tagged by the Press as the Kangaroo Gang. The gang, led by the charismatic 'King' Arthur Delaney, targeted the plush emporia of Knightsbridge and the fine jewellers of Mayfair. But the King didn't stop there, criss-crossing Europe to lay siege to the luxury retailers of Paris, Brussels, Rome and beyond. The Kangaroo Gang operated at a time before closed-circuit television cameras. They elevated shoplifting to an art form practised without guns or violence. The King always found a way to simply 'disappear' with the loot. This is also a love story between the King and his 'Queen' Alexis, who tried to tame the greatest of travelling thieves. The King's 30-year criminal odyssey culminated in the biggest job of his career - six million pounds worth of precious gems from As prey of London, jeweller to the Queen - in broad daylight.
  

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I'm one of those people who have vaguely heard of the Kangaroo Gang but didn't really know many of the specific details. What I never realised was how wide the reach of this gang of thieves was. KING ... Read full review

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What a cracking book!

Contents

The scholar and the thief
1
A nation of shoplifters
15
Monopoly money
43
The Massacre on Bond Street
57
The Kangaroo Gang
75
A treat for the eyes
100
The Fiddlers Elbow
130
A summer of love ends
151
A cold Case of Grace
211
Double Bay mafia
230
A dirty weekend abroad
260
Raffles in Paris and Bruges 277 14 Los ladrones extranjeros foreign thieves
295
Asprey By Appointment to The King
308
Glossary
323
Acknowledgements
325
Back Cover Material
327

A practical affair
177
An uncle in Manchester
193

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