So here we were, about to steal a priceless 17th-century samurai dagger from the same museum I've been casing. Funny how things work out sometimes.
― Sly Cooper, from the opening cinematic[src]
Sly Cooper, who faked his amnesia, was enjoying life on the other side of the law... in the company of Inspector Carmelita Fox. The two spent time together, attending a formal party one night in Paris, with Sly still keeping up his charade of having amnesia. Eventually, his kleptomaniac itch came back, and he knew he needed to pull a heist.
Sly's target was an upstart art mogul, who had opened up a new Paris museum, but he could smell a rat. He learned from reliable sources that the collector was dealing in black market antiques worth millions. One night, as Sly was working on a plan, Bentley showed up directly in front of him, something that delighted the raccoon, as they have not seen each other for a while. However, Sly then knew that something was going on.
With Bentley's time off, he built a new lab from scratch with his girlfriend and fellow tech wiz, Penelope. Soon after the two completed work on a top-secret project, Penelope had simply vanished, leaving Bentley searching frantically, only to find no clue whatsoever. What completely stunned him was that the pages of the Thievius Raccoonus, which were overflowing with the exploits and techniques of Sly's ancestors, started to disappear right before his eyes. With no time to waste, Bentley gathered his gear and raced off to Paris.
The Murray Demolition
The first thing Bentley did was locate Murray, who had been living his dream on the pro driving circuit, where his van had become famous, or rather infamous, for all of the crashes he caused. Unfortunately, due to his high insurance premiums, he was unable to find a sponsor and moved into demolition derby, where he remained undefeated. Murray dropped everything to help out when Bentley showed up and explained the situation to him. The team van was the key to the whole plan.
As Inspector Fox was distracted with a new assignment, Sly took the opportunity to slip away and meet up with the gang at their old Paris hideout. Through an elaborate presentation, Bentley revealed to Sly and Murray the problem that was occurring with the Thievius Raccoonus, and Sly saw the whole scary picture. Someone or something was literally erasing Cooper history. Then however, to their amazement, Bentley showed the two his solution: time travel. It turned out his top-secret project was constructing a time machine, and he now modified the design so that it could fit onto the van. Bentley then explained that the only catch was the machine required an object from that era in order to travel to a particular time period. The changes to the Thievius Raccoonus indicated to the team that their first stop was Feudal Japan. To travel there, the team first needed to steal a priceless 17th-century samurai dagger from the Paris museum, which was coincidentally the same museum Sly was scoping.
|Job name||Completed by|
|"I Smell a Rat"||Sly, Bentley, Murray|
|The Cooper Gang carried out a museum heist to steal a samurai dagger that would be used to travel back in time.|
Paris Escape (The Getaway)
Now that the gang has stolen the samurai dagger, the plan to recover the Thievius Raccoonus was in motion, and despite the complication Sly caused in his relationship with Carmelita, there was no stopping now. Sly, however, thought he would need the time machine to patch things up with her.
Before making the time trip to Japan, the gang recruited Dimitri Lousteau to look after the Thievius Raccoonus, as it was far too risky for them to take it through time with them. Bentley invented a communication device to allow them to contact Dimitri regardless of their current time period. It was a perfect idea, as it allowed Dimitri to keep the team up to date with any changes to the book. As the trio traveled through the time vortex, Sly knew that they were in for a long trip.