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Britain's 'Fast Eddy' held in US

2012-02-09 22:49

Ozark - A British man suspected of making off with £1m in a brazen heist in 1993 has been arrested in the US, the FBI said on Thursday.

The FBI said 56-year-old Edward John Maher was taken into custody on Wednesday.

Maher, known in England as "Fast Eddie," disappeared in January 1993.

British authorities believe Maher drove off in a security van while a fellow security guard was making a delivery to a Lloyds Bank branch. The van was found abandoned, with 50 bags containing coins and notes worth £1m missing.

FBI agent Josh Nixon said the FBI has not determined why Maher moved to Missouri about two years ago.

Nixon told The Springfield News-Leader that Maher was arrested on immigration violations and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"He was fully co-operative when he was confronted," Nixon said.