FBI Uses Ground Penetrating Radar to Search for Gardner Paintings

Posted on May 15, 2012


The FBI has obtained a permit to use ground penetrating radar to re-search the property of alleged mobster Robert Gentile. The 75-year-old has been held since February on federal drug and weapons charges. The warrant was issued on the premise that the FBI may find buried weapons, but Gentile’s lawyer, A. Ryan McGuigan, believes the agents are looking for paintings stolen in the 1990 Gardner art heist.

McGuigan explained, “This is nonsense. This is the FBI. Are you trying to tell me they missed something the first time? They’re trying to find $500 million of stolen artwork. … All they’re going to find is night crawlers.”

In 1990, thieves looted half a million dollars worth of paintings by Rembrandt, Manet, Degas, and Vermeer from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Gentile told authorities that he does not have any information about the heist.

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Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.