King of Thieves. The Adventures of Arthur Delaney and the by Adam Shand

By Adam Shand

The tale of the main spectacularly winning shoplifting gang in heritage, who plundered shops in England and Europe within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies - the Kangaroo Gang, led by means of a grasp thief 'King' Arthur Delaney.

Vast shoplifting ring working in Britain

'A hugely organised gang of Australian shoplifters is at paintings in Britain stealing items worthy millions of kilos a 12 months. New individuals of the group are flown from Australia every time the organisers wish replacements.'

The Guardian, 15 August 1968

From the mid Nineteen Sixties, a brazen band of Australian thieves ran insurrection in London for greater than a decade, pulling off the main bold heists Scotland backyard had ever obvious. They have been tagged through the clicking because the Kangaroo Gang.

The gang, led via the charismatic 'King' Arthur Delaney, precise the lush emporia of Knightsbridge and the nice jewellers of Mayfair. however the King didn' t cease there, criss-crossing Europe to put siege to the luxurious shops of Paris, Brussels, Rome...

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Or worse, informers would shop you and other police would turn up to relieve you of your hard-earned graft. Pretty soon, you were working for cops. The Raven could see Arthur’s dilemma. Arthur was ‘a shirts and sheets man’ in Sydney, cutting a swathe through the department stores, but he had only a modest fortune and a lot of jail to look forward to. You had to move up into the next league to make the serious money in Australia back then. The ‘tank men’ (safecutters) and the ‘gunnies’ (armed robbers) ruled the roost.

Now the Fibber could strike at will. The delivery man would return from lunch to find his van had been peeled open like a sardine tin. Passers-by might see the team dressed in overalls using the imposing implement that looked strikingly like a can opener and think nothing of it. Surely no-one would do such a brazen thing in broad daylight? No-one but the Fibber. The corrupt elements of New South Wales police that ran the tobacco trade were not happy with his ingenuity. It cut them out of the process and they vowed to put him out of business.

The diversion allows the thieves to pass right by. As he crossed Conduit Street, where New Bond becomes Old Bond, Delaney could see his destination. This day had been coming since 1962. For all that time he had dreamt of knocking over this store. Asprey was not just an institution but a statement of English achievement. Since 1781, Asprey had offered ‘articles of exclusive design and high quality, whether for personal adornment or personal accompaniment, to endow with richness and beauty the tables and homes of people of refinement and discernment’.

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