Crime? I haven't stolen anything... yet.
― Sly after Carmelita accuses him of stealing the Clockwerk parts
"A Shadow from the Past" is the prologue episode of Sly 2: Band of Thieves. While attempting to steal the Clockwerk parts from the Cairo museum, the Cooper Gang discovers that the infamous Klaww Gang had already stolen the parts and have framed the Cooper Gang. At the end of the level, Sly Cooper and the gang flee from Inspector Fox, who believes that they stole the parts. Constable Neyla is seen for the first time, distracting Carmelita so Sly can make his escape.
The Cooper Van makes a getaway from the authority vehicles. Carmelita tries to shoot the van with her shock pistol, but fails. Sly notes Carmelita is just as angry as ever, and that she is quite lovely when she is angry. Sly starts having wonders about Constable Neyla, such as her mentioning of the Klaww Gang. He wonders if that was just a slip of the tongue or an intentional clue. Either way, it was the Cooper Gang's only lead on the missing Clockwerk parts.
Sly then explains everything about Clockwerk, such as his deep hatred for the Cooper Clan's thieving reputation, and how he mechanized himself to keep him immortal until the Cooper Clan was fully eliminated once and for all. He caught up with Sly's parents and killed them both, leaving Sly at an orphanage. It was there that he met Bentley and Murray, his two best friends and all the family he needed.
Two years ago, Sly explains how he thought he had finished it, but was naive to think he could easily wipe out that much hatred. Clockwerk is now back in just pieces, but the threat is real. Sly wonders if the Klaww Gang realize what they have stolen. He admits he doesn't know what's in his future, but he will not let it be a repeat of his past.
- Pictures of Raleigh, Mz. Ruby, Muggshot and Panda King can be seen on the walls of the museum.
- This is the first and only level in the series to feature moving civilian cars.
- This is the only level where you can't fight the guards.
- This mission appears on Sly 2: Band of Thieves demo in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.
- One of the paintings shows a raccoon and a walrus named "Jojo in Whoopee World." This is an obvious reference to Rocket: Robot on Wheels, the first game of the Sly Cooper series' developers, Sucker Punch Productions.
- This is the only episode in the series that takes place in Africa.
- In the part of the ending cutscene where Sly is wondering whether Neyla's clue about the Klaww Gang was intentional or not, there is a mistake. On one hand, he has six fingers instead of five.