Apparently the FBI really wants to recover the 13 masterworks which it suspects were stolen by the late Boston mobsters Carmello Merlino and Robert Guarente from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, and is preparing to launch a media blitz in order to generate tips as reported by Milton J. Valencia and Stephen Kurkjian for the Boston Globe:
The campaign would reintroduce the public to the 13 stolen masterworks - including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet - and try to solicit information concerning their whereabouts, officials said. The stolen art has been valued at as high as $500 million, and the heist is considered the biggest museum theft in history. "We have made it clear that we will be zealous and chase any leads,"’ US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in an interview last week.
A grand jury currently is investigating the cold case, and earlier this year the feds charged reputed mobster Robert Gentile on drug and weapons charges which his defense lawyer characterized as a manufactured attempt to squeeze the old geezer into giving up whatever he may know about the unsolved art heist.