Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Cops dig for leads in stolen artwork case
Police swarmed the home of an alleged mobster in Connecticut on Thursday in hopes of finding information about a decades-old theft from a local Boston museum that remains unsolved.
According to the Boston Globe, law officials in Manchetser, Connecticut, were digging in the yard of Robert Gentile, a thug that they say may hold clues to missing pieces of art worth millions of dollars, stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
Gentile’s attorney, A. Ryan McGuigan, told the Globe that the FBI is leading the search.
He said officers manned with ferrets and beagles, as well as radar devices that penetrate the ground to find evidence flooded the residence in search of the missing paintings.
There is currently a $5 million reward for anyone with information leading to the recovering of the 13 missing items, nabbed by thieves 22 years ago during the heist.
Representatives from the museum had no comment on the current search at Gentile’s Connecticut home.
Items that were stolen included three by Rembrandt and five by Degas, some of which could fetch close to $50 million if sold in an open market, according to the report form the Globe.
Gentile is in jail currently for a drug related incident that took place in February.