'Fast Eddie' pleads guilty to theft in London

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 7:24 a.m. CST; updated 9:16 a.m. CST, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

LONDON — A British man dubbed "Fast Eddie" who spent nearly two decades on the run in the U.S. has pleaded guilty in a London court to stealing an armored van full of banknotes and coins.

Edward J. Maher — who earned his nickname from the British media — was working as a guard for a security company in 1993 when authorities say he netted a haul of British currency worth about $1.5 million at the time.

At some point after the theft, he and his family fled to the U.S. Maher, 57, was arrested in rural Missouri last year on immigration charges and deported.

After initially denying the theft, Maher on Tuesday entered a last-minute guilty plea at Southwark Crown Court.

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