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"Fast Eddie" jailed for five years over £1.2million security van heist
A BRITISH man who spent almost 20 years as a fugitive in the US has admitted the theft of a security van containing £1.2 million has been jailed for five years.
Eddie Maher - known as "Fast Eddie" - was wanted by Suffolk Police after the Securicor van he was driving disappeared from outside the Lloyds Bank in Felixstowe, Suffolk, on January 22 1993.
The 57-year-old, originally from South Woodham Ferrers, was arrested by US authorities in February last year and held in custody awaiting trial after denying the theft following his deportation.
But today he entered a last-minute guilty plea at Southwark Crown Court in London.
He is expected to be sentenced this morning.
Maher, who used the false identities of Stephen King and his brother Michael Maher while on the run, intended to fight the allegation on the grounds that he had been forced to commit the crime after racking up "significant debts