Gangster linked to Gardner Museum art theft dies of stroke

A mobster who for years denied authorities’ suspicions that he knew anything about a multi-million dollar treasure trove that was stolen in a museum heist in 1990 and is still missing, died. He was 85 years old.

His lawyer, Ryan McGuigan, said Robert Gentile died on September 17 from a stroke at the age of 85.

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Robert Gentile has passed awayCredit: AP
In this file photo from Thursday, March 11, 2010, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of ​​Galilee," bottom left, by Rembrandt and "The concert," in the foreground on the right, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

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In this archive photo from Thursday, March 11, 2010, empty frames from where thieves took “Storm over the Sea of ​​Galilee”, left background, by Rembrandt and “The Concert”, right foreground, by Vermeer , remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in BostonCredit: AP: Associated press

Investigators suspected Gentile of having had in his possession at least some of the works of art taken in March 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

In this theft, two men showed up at the museum overnight dressed as police officers.

They held back the security guards and left soon after with 13 pieces from the collection, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas.

Art has never been found.

Gentile, who had an extensive criminal record and served a prison sentence, was suspected of having ties to people suspected of recovering the art after it was stolen, but denied ever having had any of the works. .

“I had nothing to do with the paintings. It’s a big joke,” Gentile said in a phone interview with The Associated Press in 2019 after his release from prison.

The authorities did not think so. They said the widow of another gangster said her husband gave Gentile two of the paintings and that Gentile spoke about the stolen labor in prison.

In a search of his home that led to his 2013 conviction for illegal sale of prescription drugs and possession of firearms, silencers and ammunition, prosecutors said federal agents found a handwritten list. stolen paintings and their estimated value, as well as a newspaper article about the museum. heist a day after this happened.

A security guard stands outside the Dutch Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where thieves have stolen more than a dozen works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Manet and others, during an early morning robbery

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A security guard stands outside the Dutch Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where thieves have stolen more than a dozen works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Manet and others, during an early morning robberyCredit: AP: Associated press

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