25-year anniversary of the infamous Boston Art Heist
It's a real-life unsolved mystery that reads better than fiction. Often called the biggest art heist in U.S. history, and possibly the biggest heist in the world.
It was 25 years ago Wednesday when 13 rare works of art were stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and they haven't been seen since.
According to the museum, on March 18,1990, two men dressed as Boston Police Officers arrived at the museum saying they were responding to a call. After taking down two security guards and bounding them with duct tape, the two thieves spent 81 minutes stealing 13 works of art. The stolen items included masterpieces by some of the greats like Rembrandt and Manet, worth an estimated half billion dollars. Some paintings cut right out of their frames. Today those frames hang empty in the museum.
The FBI has chased thousands of leads around the globe, but investigators say then now believe the thieves were part of a criminal organization based in New England and the Mid-Atlantic...
The museum is offering a $5 million reward for the return of the artwork. The government
is offering immunity.
Click here to see a virtual tour of museum and the history of the heist.