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To help solve the decades-old mystery of how a heist at a Boston art museum—considered to be the largest art heist in history—went down, federal officials are enlisting the help of the public, according to the Boston Globe.The theft, which took place in 1990 at the Gardner Museum, involved some 13 works by artists including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, which are valued at $500 million.
Federal officials say the new “public awareness campaign” will be similar to the one that led to last-year’s arrest of James “Whitey” Bulger. The campaign will reintroduce the stolen works to the masses in hopes of gaining information about their whereabouts, according to the Globe.
US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz wouldn’t described the campaign in detail to the Globe, but said it was part of “a very vibrant, ongoing investigation. It isn’t sitting on a shelf, that’s for sure.”
The campaign comes as the case regains traction. A grand jury was recently activated, and two houses reportedly connected to the mafia have been searched within the past eight months.
The crime took place on a night in mid-March in 1990, when two men posed as police officers gained entrance to the museum by telling security guards they were responding to a reported disturbance. The guards where then duct-taped and the thieves spent more than 80 minutes taking 13 pieces of art.
None of the artwork has been recovered.
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