The Largest Art Robbery in History

On March 18, 1990, thirteen paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The value of the paintings at the time were $100 million, making it the largest art robbery in history. I wondered if the paintings had been recovered, and upon researching I came to find that in fact it is still an ongoing investigation. There is currently a reward for any information leading to the recovery of the paintings. Twelve of the paintings were stolen from the second floor, one on the first, and none from the third. It took them a total of 81 minutes to take them. What is really cool, their website takes you through an interactive look within the museum.

There have been several suspects in the theft throughout the years. One man, David Turner, was arrested for attempted robbery of an armored car company.  He is still in prison, but will be let out seven years early, leaving many wondering if it is because he has provided information regarding the theft. Others, however, are thinking not, since the paintings have yet to be recovered. In 2013, the FBI said they had identified the thieves, but declined to name them, stating it is an ongoing case. In the end, this is a fascinating case, and it will be interesting to continue to follow, to see if the paintings are ever recovered.

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