Reward still on the table

FIND fugitive security guard "Fast Eddie" Maher and you could be in line for £50,000.That's the sum being offered as a reward for anyone who can provide the vital information which will lead police to him – ten years after he stole £1 million from a security van in Felixstowe.

FIND fugitive security guard "Fast Eddie" Maher and you could be in line for £50,000.

That's the sum being offered as a reward for anyone who can provide the vital information which will lead police to him – ten years after he stole £1 million from a security van in Felixstowe.

The case is still open and detectives say every lead they get will be checked out.

A spokeswoman for Securicor said: "The reward which was put up when the theft happened in 1993 is still on offer today and could still be claimed.

"It would be for anyone who supplies the information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the theft."

The sum of £50,000 was agreed by loss adjusters as a percentage of the total amount stolen in the raid, which is believed to have been around £1m.

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Eddie Maher carried out his meticulously-planned theft – still the perfect crime – just after 9am on January 22, 1993, when he drove off in the Securicor after his work colleague went into Lloyds Bank in Hamilton Road to make a delivery.

Maher, 37, ex-fireman and expert locksmith, known to have gambling debts, drove the armoured van to the seafront, parking in Micklegate Road, where he unloaded the 50 bags, containing £1m in coins, £20 and £10 notes, into a Toyota Previa spacecruiser vehicle.

He then drove the Toyota to a car park on the nearby Landguard peninsula. All the money was transferred into a car – and within minutes Maher was on the A14, bound for an airport and the USA.

Later it was discovered that his partner Debbie, 27 at the time, and their son Lee, then aged four, had already flown to Boston.

The family has not been seen since. Police have checked out sightings in nearly 20 countries but they have not been found.

Retired Det Insp John Barnett, who led the hunt for Maher, believes the family could by now even be back living in Britain under a false name.

A Suffolk police spokesman. "The file is still open and any new information received will be looked at closely and investigated."

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