By Adam Shand
'A hugely organised gang of Australian shoplifters is at paintings in Britain stealing items worthy millions of kilos a 12 months. New participants of the crowd are flown from Australia at any time when the organisers wish replacements.'
The Guardian, 15 August 1968
From the mid Nineteen Sixties, a brazen band of Australian thieves ran revolt in London for greater than a decade, pulling off the main bold heists Scotland backyard had ever visible. They have been tagged through the clicking because the Kangaroo Gang.
The gang, led by way of the charismatic 'King' Arthur Delaney, unique the lush emporia of Knightsbridge and the positive jewellers of Mayfair. however the King didn' t cease there, criss-crossing Europe to put siege to the luxurious outlets of Paris, Brussels, Rome and past.
The Kangaroo Gang operated at a time ahead of closed-circuit tv cameras. They increased shoplifting to an artwork shape practised with no weapons or violence. The King constantly came upon the way to easily 'disappear' with the loot.
This can be a love tale among the King and his 'Queen' Alexis, who attempted to tame the best of traveling thieves. The King's 30-year legal odyssey culminated within the largest task of his occupation - six million kilos worthy of worthy gemstones from Asprey of London, jeweller to the Queen - in extensive daylight.
King of Thieves is a real tale, quickly to be made right into a significant characteristic film.
Adam Shand is the bestselling writer of Big Shots, the interior tale of Melbourne's gangland wars. He has formerly been a journalist on The Bulletin and at the 'Sunday' software. He now works for information Ltd and the Triple M radio community as an investigative reporter.
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King of Thieves by Adam Shand