FBI says suspects in Boston art heist are dead

Priceless works of art were stolen from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990

In this March 18, 1990 still image from surveillance video released by the U.S. Attorney's Office,Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, an unauthorized visitor walks inside the rear entrance of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Robbers stole more than a dozen works of art at the museum about 24 hours later. Twenty five years later, the artwork remains missing and no one has ever been charged in the heist. (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum/U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI says the two men it suspects masqueraded as police officers to rob a Boston art museum of $500 million worth of masterpieces in 1990 are dead.

Two years ago, investigators announced they knew who stole the 13 works — including paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer — from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They refused to elaborate, saying only that the investigation was now focused on recovering the missing artwork.

But Peter Kowenhoven, the FBI’s assistant special agent in charge in Boston, tells The Associated Press the thieves are deceased.

Kowenhoven declined to identify the suspects.

On Thursday, authorities released grainy surveillance video from the eve of the heist and appealed anew to the public for help in finding the artworks.


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