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FBI has new leads in Gardner Museum art theft

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BOSTON (WHDH) - FBI agents have revealed new information about their search for the thieves behind a historic art heist in Boston.

A group of paintings valued at millions of dollars was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the largest art theft in history.

It has been 24 years since two thieves disguised as police officers pulled off the heist.

The FBI said there were credible sightings of the artwork as recently as the early 2000s.

Thirteen masterpieces were taken from the Gardner Museum in 1990, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas.

Initially, it was rumored the artwork was taken out of the country, but the FBI says it believes the pieces were not.

Investigators are looking at men with possible ties to organized crime in Philadelphia and said the artwork may have been offered for sale in the city of brotherly love.

The FBI did search a home in Connecticut. No artwork was found, but they did recover police uniforms and badges.

The Gardner Museum has always offered a $5-million reward for the return of the artwork.

Meanwhile, the FBI confirms this case is still being actively investigated and the bureau says no information is too small.

Anyone with information about the stolen artwork should contact the museum Director of Security, Anthony Amore, at (617) 278-5114.
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