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FBI says it has identified thieves who stole $500 million worth of art from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990

  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," left background, by Rembrandt and "The Concert," right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The paintings are among 13 works stolen by burglars from the museum in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," left background, by Rembrandt and "The Concert," right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The paintings are among 13 works stolen by burglars from the museum in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this March 21, 1990 file photo, a security guard stands outside the Dutch Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where robbers stole more than a dozen works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Manet and others, in an early morning robbery March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this March 21, 1990 file photo, a security guard stands outside the Dutch Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where robbers stole more than a dozen works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Manet and others, in an early morning robbery March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, a plaque marks the empty frame from which thieves cut Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," which remains on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It is one of 13 works stolen by burglars from the museum in the early hours of March 18, 1990.The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, a plaque marks the empty frame from which thieves cut Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," which remains on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It is one of 13 works stolen by burglars from the museum in the early hours of March 18, 1990.The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  •  FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the painting "Chez Tortoni," by Manet, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes they know the identities of the  thieves, belonging to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File)  NO SALES

    FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the painting "Chez Tortoni," by Manet, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes they know the identities of the thieves, belonging to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File) NO SALES Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the painting "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," by Rembrandt, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen by burglars in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File)  NO SALES

    FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the painting "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," by Rembrandt, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen by burglars in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File) NO SALES Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the etching "Self-Portrait," by Rembrandt, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen by burglars in the early hours of March 18, 1990.The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File)   NO SALES

    FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the etching "Self-Portrait," by Rembrandt, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen by burglars in the early hours of March 18, 1990.The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File) NO SALES Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, empty frames from which thieves took "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," left background, by Rembrandt and "The Concert," right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The paintings are among 13 works stolen by burglars from the museum in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
  • FILE - In this March 21, 1990 file photo, a security guard stands outside the Dutch Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where robbers stole more than a dozen works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, Manet and others, in an early morning robbery March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo, File)
  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, a plaque marks the empty frame from which thieves cut Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," which remains on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It is one of 13 works stolen by burglars from the museum in the early hours of March 18, 1990.The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
  •  FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the painting "Chez Tortoni," by Manet, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes they know the identities of the  thieves, belonging to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File)  NO SALES
  • FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the painting "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," by Rembrandt, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen by burglars in the early hours of March 18, 1990. The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File)  NO SALES
  • FILE - This undated file photograph released by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shows the etching "Self-Portrait," by Rembrandt, one of more than a dozen works of art stolen by burglars in the early hours of March 18, 1990.The FBI said Monday, March 18, 2013, it believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole the art. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England the mid-Atlantic states.  (AP Photo/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, File)   NO SALES

Richard DesLauriers, the FBI’s special agent in charge in Boston, says the thieves belong to a criminal organization based in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. He says authorities believe the art was taken to Connecticut and the Philadelphia region in the years after the theft, and offered for sale in Philadelphia about a decade ago.

The FBI has a new website aimed at getting help cracking the case at www.FBI.gov/gardner. In a video, DesLauriers says the statute of limitations has passed for the crime of art theft and authorities are focused on recovering the art.

He calls the heist one of the largest art thefts in U.S. history.

The theft happened when two people posing as police officers fooled security guards into believing they were there for a legitimate reason before locking the guards in the museum’s basement and making off with the stolen objects, FBI Special Agent Geoff Kelly says in another of the website’s videos.

He says the FBI has tracked leads into Europe and Asia during a more than two-decade investigation into the crime on March 18, 1990.

Kelly says authorities realize that, after so many years, the art could be in the hands of people who had nothing to do with the crime and may not even know the objects were stolen.

Among the art stolen was Vermeer’s “The Concert,” one of only 36 paintings by the artist that are in existence, and two Rembrandt oil paintings, including the artist’s only known seascape.

The thieves also made off with a number of Degas sketches.

There’s a $5 million reward in the case.

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