FBI confirms sighting of stolen Gardner masterpieces


The FBI agent in charge of the investigation into the 1990 theft of $500 million worth of masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston says the bureau has confirmed sightings of the missing artwork. In this photo, taken in the Dutch Room, two empty frames indicated that the work has never been returned. On the left was “A Lady and Gentleman in Black” and on the right “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” both by Rembrandt. Photo by Janet Knott/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The FBI agent in charge of the investigation of $500 million worth artwork stolen from a museum in Boston nearly 25 years ago has confirmed sightings of the missing artwork from credible sources.

FBI Special Agent Geoff Kelly, the lead investigator, told WFXT-TV on Wednesday that trusted sources have spotted the artwork over the years. Kelly also identified three persons of interest in the Gardner case, all with ties to organized crime.

On the night of March 18, 1990, thieves disguised as Boston police officers stole thirteen works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, including a Vermeer, three Rembrandts, four of Degas’ and five other masterpieces.

A $5 million reward has been offered.

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