GREAT BRITAIN: Bertie & Barry

Friends of Bertie Holliday admired his taste in jewelry. It was natural enough; his business card read "Dealer in precious stones." He had a lavishly furnished flat in London and a country home on an island in the Thames at Old Windsor. Bertie rode to hounds, cruised the river in his yacht, and was a familiar figure at the nearby Ascot track. Some of the best people went to his cocktail parties.

Like his Berkshire neighbors, Bertie talked worriedly about the growing number of jewelry robberies. One of the most sensational hauls was in October 1946, when thieves entered Ednam...

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