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Isabella Gardner Museum Thefts

FBI and Gardner Museum in Boston seeking return of 13 pieces of art stolen in 1990.

 

$5 Million Reward

FBI and Gardner Museum Seeking Recovery of Stolen Art

The FBI, along with Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office, is asking the public for help in recovering artwork stolen from the museum more than two decades ago in what remains the largest property crime in U.S. history. Officials hope to get the attention of those who might have or know the whereabouts of the 13 stolen works of art—including rare paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer—by publicly offering a $5 million reward.

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12.11.12

Gardner Museum Theft


$5 Million Reward
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is offering a $5 million reward for the return of 13 pieces of art stolen in 1990. Webpage | Story


Background

On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers gained access to the Gardner Museum. Once inside, they tied up the security guards and proceeded to steal 13 objects, including rare paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer, valued at approximately $500 million.The case represents the largest property crime in U.S. history.

 


“Twenty-three years since the robbery. That’s far too long. It’s time for these paintings to come home.”
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Anthony Amore, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

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Officials discuss the case and their renewed efforts to recover the priceless art.

 

Related:
-
Press release (03/18/13)
- Podcast: Wanted by the FBI
- Boston FBI Continues Hunt for Stolen Art Work (2010)
- FBI Art Theft Program | Video
- National Stolen Art File
- FBI Announces Top Ten Art Crimes (2005)