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Gardner Museum art heist happened 33 years ago

Gardner Museum heist happened 33 years ago
Gardner Museum heist happened 33 years ago 00:30

BOSTON - While Boston was celebrating St. Patrick's Day 33 years ago, thieves were about to embark on what has become the largest unsolved art theft in history.

It was just after midnight when thieves disguised as Boston police officers convinced two security guards to let them into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The guards were then tied up in the museum basement, and over the next 81 minutes the thieves got away with 13 pieces of art.

The missing art, which includes works by Rembrandt, Degas, Manet and Vermeer, is estimated to be worth at least $500 million. The empty frames remain at the museum.

The museum is offering a $10 million reward for any information that leads to the return of the stolen works. 

U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins says the investigation is active. "We hope to be announcing shortly some renewed ways that we can educate the public about these 13 priceless pieces of art," Rollins said. "Because I think only with their help, are we going to return them back home to Boston."

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