Securicor theft 1993 â€“ Edward Maher sentenced to 5 years
March 5, 2013, 2:15 pm
A man who stole over £1million from a Securicor van in 1993 has been sentenced today, Tuesday 5 March at Southwark Crown Court.
Edward Maher aged 57 years, formerly from South Woodham Ferrers, near Chelmsford and who until July 2012 had been living in Missouri in the United States entered a guilty plea at Southwark Crown Court to theft and was sentenced by the Judge to 5 years.
Suffolk Police were called to Lloyds Bank, in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe at 9.30am on 22 January 1993 following a report that a Securicor van driver who had made a delivery to the bank had driven off with the van and money inside.
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The van was later found abandoned in Micklegate Road in Felixstowe. £1,172,500 had been stolen from inside.
Extensive enquiries were carried out into the whereabouts of the driver, Edward Maher, who was then aged 37 years.
At the height of the investigation around 30 officers worked on the case. 197 witnesses were spoken to and around 450 people were interviewed across 15 counties.
Edward Maher was circulated as wanted across all forces in the country and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Over the coming years the case was reviewed periodically with information and intelligence being followed up on.
On 9 February 2012, the US Authorities arrested Maher in Missouri, USA for illegally possessing firearms. During their enquiries and interview with Maher the US Authorities established that there were some immigration issues, which resulted in them contacting UK Authorities when it was subsequently established he was wanted in the UK and Suffolk Police were contacted.
On 9 July 2012, Edward Maher was escorted back from the US and arrived at London Heathrow airport, and upon arrival in the early hours of Tuesday 10 July he was arrested and charged with theft and appeared before Ipswich Magistrates Court the same day and was remanded in custody.
After entering a not guilty plea on 13 September 2012 a team of 13 officers worked on the case, pulling together vital evidence on Mahers lifestyle over the past two decades, revisiting witnesses from the original investigation and interviewing new witnesses from America and the UK.
Officers established that Maher had taken on someone elses identity, travelling under a false passport and bought houses in various states over the years with cash under the name of Stephen King.
Detective Inspector David Giles, Senior Investigating Officer on the case commented after sentencing he said: “We welcome the result at crown court with Maher being sentenced to 5 years. The conclusion of the case comes at the end of a complex investigation spanning two decades.
“Over the years Edward Maher has almost been portrayed as a Robin Hood character, someone who stole from a bank, where no one was injured. Maher took on a position of significant trust working for a security company, a position he abused, resulting in the theft over £1million. This was undoubtedly a premeditated crime, which would have been planned over a number of weeks or months.
“Maher also took on someone elses identity. I have no doubt that Maher would have been looking over his shoulder for the past 20 years wondering if and when he would be caught.
“The sentencing he received will hopefully send out a strong message to those intent on committing crime, that no matter how long ago the crime was committed we will always work to ensure that justice is done.”