Art theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Twenty years ago, on March 18, 1990, one of the largest art thefts in the world took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Thirteen pieces of priceless art were taken.

On that night two thieves dressed as Boston police officers rang the bell at the museum telling the guard, a Berklee College of Music student that they had received a call about a  disturbance at the museum. When the guard refused to open the door they intimidated him by saying he looked like someone they had arrested the week before, out of fear he let them in.  When the second guard, another Berklee student, arrived the thieves bound and gagged both of them. 

Entering the museum the thieves began their 81-minute art theft spree.  Thursday, March 4th, at 6:30 the museum is presenting a talk about the theft.  It will be given by Anthony Amore, Director of Security for the Gardner.

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2 Responses to “Art theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum”

  1. mstrav Says:

    Have they ever recovered any of the stolen works?

  2. franfolsom Says:

    None of the stolen works have been recovered. Their value on today’s market is $500 million dollars. The museum is offering a reward of $5 million for their recovery. A princely sum considering the FBI is only offering $2 million for Whitey Bulger.

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