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.


Adam Shand

Adam Shand is a journalist with twenty years of experience in Australian television, print and online media.  As a cadet on The Australian newspaper in teh 1980s, he covered the rise and fall of the entrepreneurs.  Adam joined the Nine Network in 1991, reporting for Business Sunday in Sydney and Melbourne, before leaving to wander Africa for three years as a freelance journalist for Nine and other media organisations.  Since 1997 he has been an investigative reporter and he is currently working for The Bulletin and Nine's Sunday program.  His research on the Melbourne gangland murders was carried out as a joint investigation for The Bulletin and Sunday.  Adam also writes on Melbourne crime in his Bluestone column for The Bulletin online.

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Review KING OF THIEVES - Adam Shand
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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