King of Thieves

Front Cover, 2010 - Australians - 388 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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Journalist Adam Shand is the author of two previous true- crime titles, Big Shots and The Skull: both trolling turf made pop-culture by the `Underbelly' series of books and TV. With King of Thieves ... Read full review


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