FBI investigating at Manchester home of reputed mobster Robert Gentile

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FBI Investigating Home of Reputed Mobster Linked To Largest Art Heist In US History

MANCHESTER (FOX 61) — The FBI is once again investigating at the home of reputed mobster Robert Gentile. Gentile is suspected of having knowledge about the largest art heist in U.S. history.

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Monday afternoon FBI agents and Manchester Police Dept. blocked off the street at Frances Drive and Niles Drive. There is no word yet on how long they will be out there.

Robert Gentile claimed federal authorities entrapped him into illegally selling a gun to pressure him into cooperating in the investigation of the 1990 theft at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In January, he lost a bid to get his weapons case dismissed.

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MANCHESTER, CT - MAY 10: An FBI evidence response team and other law enforcement agents searched the home of alleged Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile may be a suspect in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Robert Gentile is brought into the federal courthouse in a wheelchair on Monday, April 20, 2015, for a continuation of a hearing that was held Friday after Gentile was arrested after selling a gun to an undercover agent. (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant/TNS via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, CT - MAY 10: A FBI Evidence Response Team at the home of Robert Gentile, who may be a suspect in the Gardner Museum heist. Anthony Amore, left, the security director of the Gardner Museum in the blue shirt, and Brian Kelly, the now-retired assistant U.S. Attorney who led the FBI investigation for the U.S. Attorney's office, in jeans and black pullover. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, CT - MAY 10: An FBI evidence response team and other law enforcement agents searched the home of alleged Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile may be a suspect in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, CT - MAY 10: Law enforcement agents worked under a tent while searching the home of alleged Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile may be a suspect in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, CT - MAY 10: An FBI evidence response team and other law enforcement agents searched the home of alleged Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile may be a suspect in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, CT - MAY 10: An FBI evidence response team and other law enforcement agents searched the home of alleged Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile may be a suspect in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, CT - MAY 10: An FBI evidence response team and other law enforcement agents searched the home of alleged Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile may be a suspect in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, CT - MAY 10: Law enforcement agents searched the home of alleged Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile may be a suspect in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FILE - In this May 10, 2012 file photo, law enforcement agents dig in the front yard of the home of Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. The reputed Connecticut mobster, linked to artwork stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in 1990, was arrested Friday, April 17, 2015, on a gun charge and was due in federal court in Hartford that afternoon, according to the U.S. attorney's office. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
A law enforcement agent searches a shed behind the home of reputed Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn., Thursday, May 10, 2012. Gentile's lawyer A. Ryan McGuigan says the FBI warrant allows the use of ground-penetrating radar and believes they are looking for paintings stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum worth half a billion dollars. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Law enforcement agents collect evidence at the home of reputed Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn., Thursday, May 10, 2012. Gentile's lawyer A. Ryan McGuigan says the FBI warrant allows the use of ground-penetrating radar and believes they are looking for paintings stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum worth half a billion dollars. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Law enforcement agents search a pile of old lumber in a wooded area behind the home of reputed Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn., Thursday, May 10, 2012. Gentile's lawyer A. Ryan McGuigan says the FBI warrant allows the use of ground-penetrating radar and believes they are looking for paintings stolen in 1990 from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum worth half a billion dollars. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," left background, by Rembrandt and "The Concert," right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The paintings were among more than a dozen works stolen from the museum March 21, 1990, in what is considered the largest art theft in history. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham said Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in federal court in Hartford, Conn., that the FBI believes Connecticut inmate Robert Gentile âhad some involvement in connection with stolen propertyâ related to the art heist. Agents have had unproductive discussions about the theft with Gentile, a 75-year-old reputed mobster who is jailed in a drug case. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
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Thirteen pieces of art worth an estimated $500 million were stolen and never recovered, including paintings by Rembrandt and Edouard Manet. No one has been arrested.

Gentile denies knowing anything about the missing artwork.

Federal prosecutors said they have evidence Gentile has told others he has access to some of the paintings for potential sales.

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