A fugitive British security guard suspected of absconding with a van containing $1.5 million in a 1993 heist has been arrested in Missouri after it was discovered that he has been living with his family in the U.S. under an assumed name for 15 years. Edward John Maher, known in the U.K. as "Fast Eddie" since he vanished after driving off with 1 million pounds in cash, was apprehended by the FBI and police in Ozark, Mo., on Wednesday, according to FBI agent Josh Nixon.
"Our investigation with Ozark Police Department pretty much determined he was likely the fugitive," Nixon told The Springfield, Mo. News Leader
. "He was fully cooperative when he was confronted."
Maher, who was working as a cable installer and living in the tiny town of Ozark, once apprehended was positively identified as the suspect in the 1993 robbery, where he drove off with the cash in a van that had been parked in front of a Lloyds Bank in Felixstowe, England, while his fellow security guard made a delivery inside. Investigators at the time reportedly found two abandoned getaway cars nearby.
The news media in Britain has called "Fast Eddie's" 1993 robbery "the perfect crime."