Home News Stories 2013 March $5 Million Reward Offered for Return of Stolen Gardner Museum Artwork Richard DesLauriers, Boston FBI

Richard DesLauriers, Boston FBI

Richard DesLauriers
Special Agent in Charge
Boston FBI

A generation of agents have worked on this case and in addition several AUSA’s (Assistant U.S. Attorneys) from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and indeed several U.S. Attorneys have worked diligently on this case as well. So it is one of the largest art thefts in U.S. history. So because of that and because of the value attached to these paintings, we have been working this case diligently for 22 years now.

The FBI when it comes to significant crimes, we never forget . If it’s a significant crime, we’re going to investigate it, we’re going to be persistent and diligent in our efforts. Careful, persistent diligence is what usually yields good results. And we hope to achieve that in this investigation as well.

Really we’re past the point of statute of limitations on this case, so we’re not particularly interested in at this point pursuing criminal charges against those who are responsible for the theft. We’re solely focused right now on recovery of the paintings because of their value, because of their value to the Gardner Art Museum and because of the significance of the crime, we are totally focused right now on recovering the paintings and returning them to the Gardner Art Museum. There is a $5 million reward outstanding right now for return of the paintings. That is a very significant award.

The recovery of the paintings and the successful return of the paintings to the Gardner Art Museum would indeed be the final chapter of the 22-year saga which has been a primary focus of this, of the FBI’s art theft program.


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


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.”
Anthony Amore, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

Empty Museum Frame (Play Video)

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


Press release (03/18/13)
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- 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)