Fast Eddie, British fugitive found in Missouri, gets deported

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Fast Eddie is going back to England.
  • Fast Eddie is going back to England.
Edward John Maher, aka Fast Eddie, a Briton long thought to have orchestrated a 1993 $1.5-million bank heist in Essex, England, who was found to be living in Ozark, Missouri in February has been deported. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the news yesterday.

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations branch said Maher, who lived undetected in Missouri for 19 years under an assumed name was sent back to Britain, where he was turned over to authorities. His story was an nearly unbelievable story of alleged robbery and escape. Maher, who was 37 at the time of the heist, was working as an armored car driver pulled up to a bank in Felixstowe, England with his partner. While his partner went inside to make deliver some cash. Then, he allegedly put his plan into motion.

An Ipswich Star story from earlier this year described the plan:

The ex-fireman and expert locksmith, known to have gambling debts, drove to the seafront, parking in Micklegate Road, where he unloaded the 50 bags, containing £1m in coins, £20 and £10 notes, into a Toyota Previa spacecruiser vehicle with false number plates and which had been stolen earlier in London.

He then allegedly got into another car and was off to the airport on a flight the America before police had a chance to catch him. His girlfriend and son had previously arrived in Boston, the British paper reports. The AP reports that Maher spent many years working for Nielsen Media Research, first in Philadelphia, then in Milwaukee and St. Paul, Minnesota. When he was arrested in Ozark, he was working as a cable installer.

In February, the Ozark Police Department said they found Maher after receiving a tip that he was living there. He moved to the town of 17,000 in 2008.

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