The gangster accused of the biggest art theft in US history died of a stroke at the age of 85.
The FBI suspected that Robert Gentile knew the whereabouts of the precious paintings from the theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in 1990, but now Gentile’s alleged secrets will never be revealed.
Gentile’s lawyer Ryan McGuigan announced on Friday that he had died in Hartford hospital.
Thirteen valuable pieces of art were stolen, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas, in the museum heist 30 years ago. The robbers disguised themselves as police officers who responded to a St. Patrick’s Day “disturbance call”, but once inside they were allowed access to the building and announced, “Gentlemen, this is flight”.
The criminals stuck security guards on a pipe before escaping with the historic artifacts worth over $ 500 million.
Although this is a high-profile case, with rewards of up to $ 10 million offered by the museum for returning the artwork, the stolen art has never been found.
Gentile was well known to law enforcement, had an extensive criminal record and had served a prison sentence. But denied until his death that he knew anything about the stolen artwork. “I had nothing to do with the paintings. It’s a big joke, ”Gentile said in a 2019 interview with the Associated press, after his release from prison. Gentile is said to have spoken of art when he served his sentence.
Missing pieces include “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” by Rembrandt and a rare painting by Vermeer entitled “The Concert”.
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