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March 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
As far as crimes go, the heist itself was a work of art. On March 18, 1990, two men in police uniforms talked their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where they tied up the security guards. After disabling the security cameras, they proceeded to make off with 13 works valued at $500 million. The theft has flummoxed investigators for 23 years -- a streak the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now asking the public to help break. On Monday, officials revealed that they think they know the identities of the two men who took the art -- which included works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas -- and that the art may still be in the Northeast.
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March 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
As far as crimes go, the heist itself was a work of art. On March 18, 1990, two men in police uniforms talked their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where they tied up the security guards. After disabling the security cameras, they proceeded to make off with 13 works valued at $500 million. The theft has flummoxed investigators for 23 years -- a streak the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now asking the public to help break. On Monday, officials revealed that they think they know the identities of the two men who took the art -- which included works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas -- and that the art may still be in the Northeast.
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August 16, 2011 | Los Angeles Times Staff
An L.A. County Sheriff's official confirmed Tuesday that deputies recovered a stolen Rembrandt from the pastor's office of an Episcopal church in Encino. The Rembrandt sketch stolen Saturday night from the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey was recovered Monday night from Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church in the 17100 block of Ventura Boulevard , said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. Investigators were still trying to determine how it found its way into the office of Father Mike Cooper and to verify whether it is an authentic Rembrandt.
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September 24, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Mike Boehm and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Even by Hollywood standards, the audacious art heist from the home of a wealthy L.A. money man is an intriguing whodunit. Jeffrey Gundlach, one of the world's top bond gurus, has offered a $1.7-million bounty for the safe return of a cherished collection stolen from his Santa Monica home last week. The $10-million haul included some of the biggest names in contemporary art: Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns and Richard Diebenkorn. On Monday, Gundlach took the unusual step of holding a news conference in downtown Los Angeles to announce one of the highest rewards on record for the return of stolen art. He set aside $1 million of the reward money for a Mondrian piece, which one art-theft expert said was the most ever offered for a single painting.
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September 24, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Mike Boehm and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Even by Hollywood standards, the audacious art heist from the home of a wealthy L.A. money man is an intriguing whodunit. Jeffrey Gundlach, one of the world's top bond gurus, has offered a $1.7-million bounty for the safe return of a cherished collection stolen from his Santa Monica home last week. The $10-million haul included some of the biggest names in contemporary art: Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns and Richard Diebenkorn. On Monday, Gundlach took the unusual step of holding a news conference in downtown Los Angeles to announce one of the highest rewards on record for the return of stolen art. He set aside $1 million of the reward money for a Mondrian piece, which one art-theft expert said was the most ever offered for a single painting.
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March 20, 1990 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A dozen priceless works of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum early Sunday morning were not insured against theft, a museum spokesman confirmed Monday. "They were insured against damages," said Barry Wanger, a spokesman for the collection housed in an Italianate villa. "But not against theft."
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March 19, 1990 | from Associated Press
Thieves disguised as policemen talked their way into a leading art museum early Sunday and stole 11 paintings, including major works by Rembrandt, Degas, Manet and Vermeer, FBI and museum officials said. The value of the missing works, which also included an ancient Chinese beaker, was "in the hundreds of millions of dollars," said Karen Haas, acting curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
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March 20, 1990 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The wood-paneled offices are tucked away on the fourth floor of the Explorers Club in Manhattan--a nice bit of symbolism--and serve as a central clearing house in the international search for stolen art. When the phone rang on Monday, it was no surprise that the FBI was on the other end of the line.
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April 25, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Getty Gets New Curator: Deborah Gribbon, the J. Paul Getty Museum's associate director for curatorial affairs since 1986, has been appointed the museum's associate director and chief curator. Before coming to the Getty, Gribbon spent eight years as curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
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May 4, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
America's Most Wanted Artworks: The television show "America's Most Wanted" will broadcast a re-enactment of the theft of artworks from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as part of the effort to solve the $200-million crime. At the urging of the FBI, museum officials allowed camera crews on Monday to re-create the March 18 crime, using actors to play the thieves and museum guards, and enlarged photographs of the artworks made from museum slides.
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August 16, 2011 | Los Angeles Times Staff
An L.A. County Sheriff's official confirmed Tuesday that deputies recovered a stolen Rembrandt from the pastor's office of an Episcopal church in Encino. The Rembrandt sketch stolen Saturday night from the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey was recovered Monday night from Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church in the 17100 block of Ventura Boulevard , said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. Investigators were still trying to determine how it found its way into the office of Father Mike Cooper and to verify whether it is an authentic Rembrandt.
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March 20, 1990 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The wood-paneled offices are tucked away on the fourth floor of the Explorers Club in Manhattan--a nice bit of symbolism--and serve as a central clearing house in the international search for stolen art. When the phone rang on Monday, it was no surprise that the FBI was on the other end of the line.
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March 20, 1990 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A dozen priceless works of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum early Sunday morning were not insured against theft, a museum spokesman confirmed Monday. "They were insured against damages," said Barry Wanger, a spokesman for the collection housed in an Italianate villa. "But not against theft."
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March 19, 1990 | from Associated Press
Thieves disguised as policemen talked their way into a leading art museum early Sunday and stole 11 paintings, including major works by Rembrandt, Degas, Manet and Vermeer, FBI and museum officials said. The value of the missing works, which also included an ancient Chinese beaker, was "in the hundreds of millions of dollars," said Karen Haas, acting curator of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
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May 5, 1990 | Clipboard researched by Elena Brunet and Dallas M. Jackson / Los Angeles Times, Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
The recent theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston has art museum officials all over the county nervous. Museums in Orange County have their permanent collections insured, but directors and curators surveyed unanimously agree that it is impossible to cover full value. And, for obvious reasons, they will not comment on the value of their permanent collections.
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September 6, 2001
* The Boston Ballet opens its 2001-2002 season with "Suite Saint-Sans," choreographed by Bruce Wells and music by Camille Saint-Sans. Sept. 20-30. 19 Clarendon St., Boston, (617) 695-6950. * The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum features more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries and other works of art spanning 30 centuries of varied cultures.
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