In both cases, the adjective refers to burglars!

  • 02.047 A really first-class
  • 06.014 If they had still doubted that he was really a first-class burglar,

In OED, both hyphenated and spaced are found in the examples.

“first class, n., adj., and adv.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, June 2017, Accessed 13 September 2017.

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