FBI identifies thieves wanted in massive 1990 Boston art heist
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers stands next to a poster that shows a Rembrandt painting and a reward during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Boston, Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP / Steven Senne)
Published Monday, March 18, 2013 2:46PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 18, 2013 9:29PM EDT
BOSTON -- The FBI believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole art valued at up to $500 million from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. He says authorities believe the art was taken to Connecticut and the Philadelphia region in the years after the theft, and offered for sale in Philadelphia about a decade ago.
The FBI is to discuss the case later Monday. It has a new website aimed at getting help cracking the case at www.FBI.gov/gardner. In a video, DesLauriers says the statute of limitations has passed for the crime of art theft and authorities are focused on recovering the art.
There's a $5 million reward in the case involving 13 stolen works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet.