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Boston Art Heist - Unsolved

On my first trip to Boston, I was given an informal tour of the city that included common sights and landmarks like Fenway Park, the Public Garden, Mulberry Street and the Museum of Fine Arts. It was the story about another museum though, that caught my attention. In March of 1990, 2 men apparently had robbed the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and disappeared with 500 million worth of artistic masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Manet, Vermeer and Degas. That in and of itself was shocking, but what was more astonishing is that they had never been caught. The thieves had disappeared and to this day, have never been caught, and the art has never been recovered. This heist is largely regarded as world's largest, which makes it all the more troubling that after 25 years we are no closer to solving this crime.

Interestingly, the FBI released some grainy surveillance footage yesterday from the day before the heist, in hopes that someone might recognize one of the men, or be provide a new lead in a case that has had investigators pouring over evidence and dead-end clues for more than two decades.

The Museum continues to offer a 5 million dollar reward for information leading to the capture of the men and return of the works. As many of you already know, the art world can be a small place, especially 25 years later, when technology has advanced and made the sharing of information and the authorities ability to use that information to solve crimes all the more real.

If you are in the New England area and have any information regarding the art heist, please contact the FBI. The rest of us will remain hopeful that one day one of the largest art mysteries will be solved.