Robert Gentile, a mobster who for years denied suspicions from authorities that he knew something a few trove of paintings valued within the tens of millions that was stolen in a 1990 museum heist and stays lacking, has died. He was 85.
His lawyer, Ryan McGuigan, stated Gentile died Sept. 17 after a stroke.
Investigators had suspected that Gentile could at one time have had in his possession a minimum of a number of the paintings taken in March 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
In that theft, two males confirmed up on the museum within the in a single day hours dressed as cops. They restrained the safety guards and left quickly after with 13 items from the gathering, together with works from Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas. The artwork has by no means been discovered.
Gentile, who had an in depth prison report and served time in jail, was believed to have connections with these suspected of getting the artwork after it had been stolen, however he denied he ever had any of the works.
“I had nothing to do with the work. It’s a giant joke,” Gentile stated in a telephone interview with The Related Press in 2019 after being launched from jail.
Authorities did not suppose so. They stated the widow of one other mobster stated her husband gave Gentile two of the work, and that Gentile talked concerning the stolen work whereas in jail.
In a search of his house that led to his 2013 conviction for illegally promoting prescribed drugs and possessing weapons, silencers and ammunition, prosecutors stated federal brokers discovered a handwritten record of the stolen work and their estimated price, together with a newspaper article concerning the museum heist a day after it occurred.