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New Information About the Famous Art Heist in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The FBI recently stated at a news conference that they finally know who conducted the daring art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. However, the thieves can no longer be prosecuted and the FBI still doesn't know where the thirteen stolen masterpieces are hidden.

Rembrandt - Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

For more than two decades, the 1990 theft of thirteen art works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, including rare paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet and Renoir, has been one of America's greatest unsolved crimes. Twenty - three years ago thieves conned their way into the museum by dressing as Boston police officers. Once in, they tied up the two guards and "roamed the galleries", according to the account from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Only the next morning when the new shift arrived were the bound guards – and the robbery – discovered.


At the official news conference, the FBI touted "significant investigative progress." But there are two big hitches. First, the thieves who hit the museum essentially got away with it, because the robbery "occurred 23 years ago, the statute of limitations has run out", US Attorney Carmen Ortiz stated. The prosecutor said the only likely prosecutions were over "criminal liability for anyone in possession." It is clear now for the first time that the art had been stolen by a criminal organisation with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England and about a decade ago was brought, in part, to Philadelphia. The location of the art remains unknown.

Officials said they wanted to spread news about the unclaimed $5 million reward for information leading to the paintings' recovery and to appeal for tips. Furthermore, there is potential for immunity to anyone connected, but there is no guarantee of blanket immunity without knowing the specifics.

Artdaily: FBI provides new information regarding the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heis