It was the security van theft that left police chasing a missing million pounds - and Eddie Maher a fugitive for almost 20 years.
Today justice finally caught up with "Fast Eddie" - as he began a five year jail term for taking the Securicor van from outside the Lloyds Bank in Felixstowe in 1993.
Maher, from South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, fled to America, changed his name and made a new life for himself and his family. But last February he was deported back to the UK.
Malcolm Robertson reports from Southwark Crown Court where Maher finally admitted stealing the money...
ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson travels to the American Midwest on the trail of the man who evaded justice for almost 20 years. He speaks to the former daughter-in-law who shopped him to the police.
ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson talks to Chris McCann of the Crown Prosecution Service about Eddie Maher's £1.2 million security van theft in Felixstowe 20 years ago.
Eddie Maher - known as "Fast Eddie" - has been jailed for five years at Southwark Crown Court after admitting the 1993 theft of a security van in Felixstowe containing £1.2 million.
Maher spent almost 20 years on the run in the US.
Outlining the case, prosecutor Richard Southern QC said on the day of the theft Maher had been on the delivery run with colleague Peter Bunn, who was responsible for carrying cash from the van to the bank.
He said: "Mr Bunn recalls that when they arrived in Felixstowe the bank was not open and he had to wait a while.
"Once inside he was delayed and tried to contact Mr Maher to tell him. He could not make contact but was not at that point concerned because the radio signal was variable.
"It was not until he came out of the bank that he found the van had disappeared."
It is thought Maher drove the van to nearby Landguard Point where he got into its secure area and loaded about 30 sacks of cash into a stolen getaway vehicle.
Eddie Maher, who spent almost 20 years as a fugitive in the US, today admitted at Southwark Crown Court the 1993 theft of a security van in Felixstowe containing £1.2 million.