Half-billion dollar art heist remains unsolved after 25 years

Half-Billion Dollar Art Heist Remains Unsolved After 25 Years

After twenty-five years, one of the country's most notorious art heists has still not been solved.

Neither of the two robbers of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston have been captured, nor have any of the 13 stolen pieces been recovered.

The missing artwork, which includes Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" and Vermeer's "The Concert," has been valued at an updated figure of $500 million-the most ever stolen in a single incident in the U.S.

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On March 18, 1990 at 1:24 am, security guard Richard Abath broke policy by letting in two men dressed as policemen, shortly after which they tied him and his partner up in the basement.

It wasn't until morning when workers arrived at 7:30 am that authorities were notified of the break-in.

The museum had not insured any of the artwork.

Because such famous works cannot be resold, one expert believes the art was stolen to use as a trading tool with law enforcement in exchange for the release of criminal associates.

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