In Mischief by Moonlight, Charlie was a professional fence well-known to Scotland Yard. He was arrested at Five Elms Farm, Shingleton, Suffolk on May 7th, probably in 1955, after having just signalled for his accomplice to land in his helicopter. In Charlie's suitcase was found the spoils of several burglaries. Charlie had apparently been using a helicopter to transport his hot goods to the continent and had done so successfully three times since February. His accomplice was a U.S. Air Force deserter who had somehow managed to lay his hands on a U.S. service helicopter through the help of his old squadron mates. When Charlie was arrested by Gaskin, the Scotland Yard inspector remarked that Charlie, having already served a stint in prison, ought to have learnt more sense.

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