Boston police close to cracking two decade heist case
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.