With the dimensions of 161.7 x 161.8 cm the stolen oil painting is "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee" of 1633 one of the most famous Rembrandt. The artwork was stolen with 12 other art objects on 18 March 1990 from the Boston Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. All the stolen works of art are missing today.
The art theft in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Gallery in Boston
With surveillance cameras the guards see two policemen standing at the entrance. "It was a silent alarm is triggered, we can come in?" It sounds through the intercom. The provisions of the guards say clearly that you should never open the doors without previously informing the museum director. Even better, you checked the silent alarm, and then sends the waiting policeman away at the door and do not need to inform the director of the museum, especially not at the St Patrick's Day, a holy holiday. But contrary to all rules open the security guards the door and let the two policemen enter.
Stolen art worth about 540 million dollars
The FBI suspects that this incredible art theft Irish gangster James Bulger, who was arrested in June 2011 in California - but because 19-fold murder, drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering. Some claim that Bulger did steal the works of art that night in 1990 to get mitigating circumstances after his eventual arrest. James Bulger is silent, however, and has not mentioned anything about an art theft in Boston.
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