Robert Gentile, reputed mobster tied to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, dies – WCVB Boston

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A reputed New England mobster tied to the largest art heist in history is dead.The attorney of Robert Gentile informed WTNH News 8, the ABC affiliate in New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday of his client’s death.Gentile was believed to be the last surviving person of interest in the theft of 13 pieces of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, which happened 31 years ago.This February, Gentile broke his silence about the heist in an interview with WTNH. He was 87 years old at the time of that interview.On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers gained entrance to the museum in Boston by telling the security guard at the watch desk that they were responding to a report of a disturbance.Against museum policy, the guard allowed the men into the museum. The thieves handcuffed the museum’s two guards on duty and put them in separate areas of the museum’s basement.The burglars stole more than $500 million worth of masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Manet and Vermeer.In 2013, authorities said the robbers belonged to a criminal organization based in New England.Investigators say they tracked the art to Maine, Connecticut and Philadelphia, but the trails went cold. The FBI said in 2015 that the two suspects are now dead.Federal authorities said Gentile lied about his knowledge of the case, but he has consistently denied knowing anything about the heist.”They can say what they want, I don’t care,” he told WTNH in the February interview. “It doesn’t bother me.”The FBI searched his home in Manchester, Connecticut, but found no signs of the art.WTNH asked Gentile about the woman whose statement allegedly linked him to the stolen masterpieces.Elene Guarente reportedly told investigators before her death that her late husband had given some of the art to Gentile. Bobby Guarente had known ties to organized crime and was also identified as a person of interest in the heist.”She witnessed her husband hand you a painting at a hotel in Maine?” the interviewer asked.Gentile said, “Out and out lie.”He also said of Elene Guarente, “She’s crazy. She’s bipolar. She’s nuts, I know she was nuts.”The reward for information leading to the stolen art is now $10 million.

A reputed New England mobster tied to the largest art heist in history is dead.

The attorney of Robert Gentile informed WTNH News 8, the ABC affiliate in New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday of his client’s death.

Gentile was believed to be the last surviving person of interest in the theft of 13 pieces of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, which happened 31 years ago.

This February, Gentile broke his silence about the heist in an interview with WTNH. He was 87 years old at the time of that interview.

On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers gained entrance to the museum in Boston by telling the security guard at the watch desk that they were responding to a report of a disturbance.

Against museum policy, the guard allowed the men into the museum. The thieves handcuffed the museum’s two guards on duty and put them in separate areas of the museum’s basement.

The burglars stole more than $500 million worth of masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Manet and Vermeer.

In 2013, authorities said the robbers belonged to a criminal organization based in New England.

Investigators say they tracked the art to Maine, Connecticut and Philadelphia, but the trails went cold. The FBI said in 2015 that the two suspects are now dead.

Federal authorities said Gentile lied about his knowledge of the case, but he has consistently denied knowing anything about the heist.

“They can say what they want, I don’t care,” he told WTNH in the February interview. “It doesn’t bother me.”

The FBI searched his home in Manchester, Connecticut, but found no signs of the art.

WTNH asked Gentile about the woman whose statement allegedly linked him to the stolen masterpieces.

Elene Guarente reportedly told investigators before her death that her late husband had given some of the art to Gentile. Bobby Guarente had known ties to organized crime and was also identified as a person of interest in the heist.

“She witnessed her husband hand you a painting at a hotel in Maine?” the interviewer asked.

Gentile said, “Out and out lie.”

He also said of Elene Guarente, “She’s crazy. She’s bipolar. She’s nuts, I know she was nuts.”

The reward for information leading to the stolen art is now $10 million.

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