Bos­ton po­lice close to crack­ing two decade heist case

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

Early Au­gust, the Bos­ton po­lice searched the home of Robert Gen­tile, a 75-year-old al­leged mob­ster and a man who they be­lieve has in­for­ma­tion about the Is­abella Ste­wart Gard­ner rob­bery. The po­lice found ar­se­nal of weapons in­clud­ing, pis­tols, a shot­gun, si­lencers, am­mu­ni­tion, brass knuck­les, cash, fake IDs and po­lice uni­forms. Gen­tile has been held in prison since Fe­bru­ary on drug and weapons charges. The po­lice, it is said, are also search­ing for rare paint­ings which were stolen from the mu­seum.

On March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed up as po­lice of­fi­cers and robbed Bos­ton’s Is­abella Ste­wart Gard­ner mu­seum. They tied up the se­cu­rity guards, smashed frames, tore can­vases, and made off with 13 ir­re­place­able master­pieces, in­clud­ing Ver­meer’s The Concert, a Manet, five draw­ings by Edgar De­gas, and three Rem­brandts, in­clud­ing his only known seascape, Storm on the Sea of Galilee.

No clues have been found till date and the mu­seum of­fers a $5 mil­lion re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the re­cov­ery of the works. The po­lice be­lieve the re­cent re­cov­ery and fur­ther ques­tion­ing may have the an­swers.

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