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The daughter in law of fugitive "Fast Eddie" has told ITV Daybreak that she handed him in to the US authorities because she feared for her life after finding out his real identity.
Eddie Maher - from South Woodham Ferrers in Essex - was jailed for five years on Tuesday, for stealing a security van containing £1.2 million in 1993.
He spent almost 20 years on the run in the US before being arrested after Jessica King - his son's ex-wife - told the authorities that he was a wanted man.
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After almost 20 years on the run, justice has caught up with the thief nicknamed "Fast Eddie".
Eddie Maher vanished in 1993 - along with the security van he was driving - and the £1.2 million inside.
Today, Maher, who's from South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to theft.
Detective Inspector David Giles from Suffolk Police says it was a meticulously-planned crime.
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.
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.
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 containing £1.2 million. Maher spent almost 20 years on the run in the US.
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 containing £1.2 million.
A man charged with the theft of security van, which contained £1.2 million in 1993, is to appear at Southwark Crown Court today.
Eddie Maher, 57, originally from South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, was arrested in the US and deported in May last year.
He was charged after the Securicor van he was driving disappeared from outside Lloyds Bank, Felixstowe on January 22, 1993.
Maher's partner, Deborah Brett, 47, his sister, Margaret Francis, 64, and a 54-year-old man, from Woodford Green, east London, are all currently on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to commit theft.