After being on the run for 20 years, the law finally found Maher Wednesday, working for Suddenlink Communications in the southwestern Missouri town. Maher's arrest came just two weeks after the Ipswich Star ran a piece about the crime's 20th anniversary. The paper eerily predicted that he might never be found: "While no case is ever truly dead, there is always the chance that new evidence to lead detectives to Maher could come forward. But after all this time a mistake by the thief remains the best chance of him being found. That would seem unlikely as the master criminal has survived two decades so far, but it can never be ruled out."
Ozark Police Chief Lyle Hodges told KSPR 33 that a tip led local police to Maher,56, who was living under an assumed name. The FBI and U.S. Marshals assisted in the arrest.
Maher's son, Lee King, told KSPR that he didn't know anything about his father's alleged crime. "My dad is one of the nicest guys you'll meet. He's only ever done what's good for us," King told the station. He added, "There's no way he'd ever do this by choice. He wouldn't just do it to do it. He doesn't commit crimes, and he’s the one that gets me out of trouble." King also said that his mother and brother didn't know about the crime, and although the family moved a lot, he was told it was for Maher's job. The channel did not give King's age. The arrest also led to King's mother revealing that he had a different last name, he was two years older than he thought and that he was born in England.
Maher is in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. He has been charged with being an illegal immigrant in possession of weapons. Somebody call Stone Phillips.