Break in Gardner art theft case?
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, victim 17 years ago to an unsolved
theft of 13 pieces of priceless artwork, is applauding what could be a
new chapter in the case – word of a new grand jury investigation.
Museum officials said they are “encouraged that the FBI and the U.S.
Attorney’s Office continue to view this case as a priority.”
An FBI spokeswoman declined comment. Assistant United States Attorneys
Brian Kelly and Ray Farquhar currently lead the Gardner case, but would
not confirm nor deny the existence of a grand jury.
At least two people dressed as police officers entered the museum in the
early hours of March 18, 1990. The thieves tied up security guards and
removed 13 artworks from the Gardner Museum collection – in some cases
cutting paintings free of frames.
The Gardner Museum is offering $5 million for information leading to the
return of the stolen art.
Individuals with information about stolen art from the Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum are encouraged – anonymity ensured – to contact museum
director of security Anthony Amore at (617) 278-5114.