Suffolk

Suffolk £1m heist suspect Eddie Maher denies US charges

  • 20 March 2012
  • From the section Suffolk
Eddie Maher
Image caption Eddie Maher was remanded in custody after appearing in court

A former security guard wanted over a £1m theft in Suffolk has denied immigration and firearms offences in the United States.

Eddie Maher, 56, originally from Essex, was arrested in Ozark, Missouri, after police received a tip-off in February.

Mr Maher is suspected of involvement in the 1993 theft of a security van packed with cash outside a bank in Felixstowe.

He pleaded not guilty at the court hearing, in Springfield, Missouri.

Declared bankrupt

He is accused of being an illegal alien, possessing four firearms and possessing false identity documents.

Mr Maher, who previously lived in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, was remanded in custody and will return to the United States District Court on a date yet to be fixed.

Police in America said Mr Maher had been arrested after officers were told he was a "fugitive wanted in England".

Suffolk police are looking to start extradition proceedings to bring Mr Maher back to the UK.

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