MANCHESTER, Conn. – Law enforcement agents swarmed the home of a reputed Connecticut mobster who authorities believe has information on an infamous unsolved art heist in Boston.
A lawyer for 75-year-old Robert Gentile (JEN’-tyl) says authorities searched Gentile’s home in Manchester on Thursday under a new warrant allowing the use of ground-penetrating radar.
The lawyer, A. Ryan McGuigan, says the warrant shows the FBI is looking for weapons, but McGuigan believes they’re looking for paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. Thieves in the heist stole a half billion dollars’ worth of works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet.
McGuigan says Gentile doesn’t know anything about the art heist and believes authorities won’t find anything on his client’s property.
Gentile currently is detained on federal weapons and prescription drug charges.