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FBI Releases Surprising, New Detail On Gardner Museum Heist
Hart\ford Courant ^ | March 18, 2013 | EDMUND H. MAHONY

Posted on 03/19/2013 2:39:52 AM PDT by Daffynition

In a stunning development in the investigation of the world's richest art heist, law enforcement officials said Monday that they know who stole $500 million in masterworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and they disclosed a detail that suggests why they are interested in Hartford mobster Robert Gentile.

"The FBI believes with a high degree of confidence that in the years after the theft, the art was transported to Connecticut and the Philadelphia region, and some of the art was taken to Philadelphia, where it was offered for sale by those responsible for the theft," said Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office. "With that same confidence, we have identified the thieves who are members of a criminal organization with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England."

Law enforcement officials would not identify any of those they say are responsible for the theft, transport or efforts to sell the art that two thieves disguised as Boston police officers tore from the museum's walls early in the morning of March 18, 1990.

(Excerpt) Read more at courant.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Connecticut; US: Massachusetts; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: boston; connecticut; fbi; hartford; massachusetts; pennsylvania; philadelphia; richarddeslauriers; robertgentile
Three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Manet and five drawings by Degas were stolen. Among them: "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," Rembrandt's only known seascape, and Vermeer's "The Concert."


1 posted on 03/19/2013 2:39:52 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Why the HELL don’t they ARREST the guys they say they KNOW who did it????? What if they FLEE??


2 posted on 03/19/2013 2:42:08 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy

He’s in jail already.


3 posted on 03/19/2013 2:47:17 AM PDT by pleasedontzotme
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To: Ann Archy

The problem is that the pieces were parted up and sold off to international private dealers (my humble opinion). They’d like a full list and get help from various countries.

All of these people who bought the art....simply have it in a very private office and only a couple of people ever venture into that room on a yearly basis. I doubt that the gang ever made more than $5 million off the entire deal.


4 posted on 03/19/2013 2:48:13 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

Good catch by the FBI, too bad they can’t figure out how to catch Odumbo for his fraud on our gubmint and country. Doing that mighgt bring some REAL NEWS.


5 posted on 03/19/2013 3:04:23 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Ann Archy

It’s one thing to know. It’s another thing to be able to prove it beyond a measure of reasonable doubt.


6 posted on 03/19/2013 3:17:18 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: pepsionice

“...the world’s richest art heist...”

“The problem is that ...” the press continues to glamorize stealing of a certain type by labeling it “...the world’s richest art heist...”

They can’t write the scripts for the next Hollywood “Art Heist” thriller (c.f. The Thomas Crown Affair [1 & 2], Entrapment, Ocean’s 12, Once a Thief, etc), so the next best thing is to allude to one in their headlines.

Same goes for jewel thieves and, to a lesser extent, bank robbers.

Stealing is stealing, whether done from a rich individual or institution or from someone ordinary. Having a beautiful insurance detective as your accomplice does not nullify the crime, either.

Neither does having a lawyer, judge or legislator do the “heist” for you using by the stroke of the pen.


7 posted on 03/19/2013 3:18:52 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: pepsionice

It’s my understanding that the harder something is to fence, the less proportional profit the thief has to accept.


8 posted on 03/19/2013 3:20:37 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Daffynition
My first thought when I saw the headline was The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield,NC...speaking of priceless works of art;


9 posted on 03/19/2013 3:24:19 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Jonty30

Statute of limitations has also run out on the theft itself.


10 posted on 03/19/2013 3:42:16 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Dixie Yooper
Back in the years when Women had "Class" and were Proud to be Women.
And to borrow a phrase,
"Any Women worth Her Estrogen knows how to deal with a Man".
11 posted on 03/19/2013 4:10:13 AM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: Jonty30
It’s my understanding that the harder something is to fence, the less proportional profit the thief has to accept

The thieves may have had buyers lined up before they stole it.

12 posted on 03/19/2013 4:12:02 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Graybeard58

Even so, because the buyers have to sit on the stolen property pretty much forever, until the record of the original owners is lost through time, there is no way the buyers are buying it for any ability to profit from the sale.

That will affect the value somebody would pay for it.


13 posted on 03/19/2013 4:17:35 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Daffynition
I'm normally not a fan of paintings since they're typically boring portraits of dead noblemen that you just know the artist prettied up a bit in order to flatter them, or they're inaccurate, over dramatic war scenes.

That painting is incredible. It's dramatic, realistic, eye catching, and makes incredible use of composition and light to lead your eye around the picture and tell a story. Amazing.

14 posted on 03/19/2013 4:22:15 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: Dixie Yooper

When I was little, my dad always bought me coloring books....and I diligently colored his pin up girls. Mom never caught on.


15 posted on 03/19/2013 4:52:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Graybeard58

Based on the evidence at the museum, it is doubtful they were experinced ART thieves. This does not mean they were not experienced theives. They cut the paintings out of their frames according to an article I read yesterday. This would dramatically lower their value. An art thief would not to do this. However, they did remove the tape from the video recorders, but it was already on the computer hard drive. They also were dressed as Boston policemen.


16 posted on 03/19/2013 6:35:30 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Ann Archy

I heard on Boston radio, from the current chief of security for the museum, that they’ve passed the statute of limitations.

I guess sometimes crime does pay.


17 posted on 03/19/2013 6:40:38 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Dixie Yooper

Sure makes you wonder about mos, doesn’t it?


18 posted on 03/19/2013 6:42:34 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Hardastarboard
You might change your mind, if you saw the detailing on the ruffled collars of this couple, by Rembrandt.

I used to make sure I visited it, every Sunday afternoon, where we studied by the Gardner atrium, listening to chamber music.


19 posted on 03/19/2013 6:43:20 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Hardastarboard

—— That painting is incredible. ——

Absolutely.

I would have been cheering if they stole some modern art.

I want to live long enough to see some investment banker stuck with a worthless Picasso, when people finally realize that the emperor has no clothes.


20 posted on 03/19/2013 6:46:47 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Graybeard58; Jonty30
Back in the day... 80-120 years ago, smarter thieves would pre-sell the work a handful of times, and have copies made in advance.

Skeptical buyer? No problem. Bribe a guard to let you in after hours, position a copy in back of the original, invite the buyer in to mark the back of the canvas, steal the painting, ship off the copies as the news of the theft works it way around the globe, impressing on the buyers that they each have the original.

What are the conspirators going to do if they ever found out about the forgeries?

There's a somewhat recent book "The Rescue Artist: ....", on the Winter Olympics Munch theft. To fill out the book, stories of other art thefts are woven into the account.

21 posted on 03/19/2013 7:02:21 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Thanks for prodding my memory.

After your mention, I believe I read a review of that book, but never pursued reading it. Sounds Dan Brownish.


22 posted on 03/19/2013 2:48:30 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Dixie Yooper
John Singer Sargent's Isabella Stewart portrait.


23 posted on 03/19/2013 2:50:50 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition; nickcarraway; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ...

Thanks Daffynition.


24 posted on 03/19/2013 4:57:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Possession of stolen art obviously hasn’t any limitations if one is in possession of it. :’)


25 posted on 03/19/2013 5:00:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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