this day in crime history: march 18, 1990

On this date in 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA was robbed. It was just after midnight when two men dressed as police officers appeared at the museum’s door, claiming they had received a report about a disturbance at the museum. One of the two guards on duty that night let them in. Minutes later the guards were overpowered, bound with duct tape, and stashed in separate parts of the museum’s basement. The two bogus cops went to work stealing various items, including works by Rembrandt, Degas, and Manet. The estimated value of their haul: over $300 million. It was the largest art heist in US history. To date, the case remains unsolved, and none of the stolen works of art have been recovered.

Further reading:

FBI – Art Theft program – Secrets behind the largest art theft in history

3 thoughts on “this day in crime history: march 18, 1990

  1. John D.:
    I’m just floored that NONE of the stolen art works have surfaced after all this time.
    Hate to think they were destroyed.
    More likely in the possession of some Sheik in Dubai.

    Stay safe out there.


  2. Some day some obscenely rich guy will die somewhere in the world and his heirs will put the paintings up forsale at Sotheby’s, since they won’t know they’re stolen property. I hope I’m around to see it.


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