Today, the FBI searched the home of a reputed mobster, Robert Gentile who has been linked to the most expensive arts heist in US history.
The FBI visited the Connecticut home of the 79 year old Gentile who is currently in jail but has denied any involvement in the still-unsolved 1990 theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Thirteen pieces of art worth an estimated $500 million were stolen and never recovered, including paintings by Rembrandt and Edouard Manet. Till date, no one has been arrested.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham has said in court that Gentile once told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two of the stolen paintings and could negotiate the sale of each for $500,000. Durham also has said that authorities have evidence that Gentile talked about the paintings with at least three fellow prisoners at a Rhode Island jail, including giving them information on who to call about the art and what code name to use.
The museum is still offering a $5 million reward for the return of the artwork. ~ NTBWFab