Gardner museum doubles reward for artwork stolen in 1990 to $10M

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One of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990

BOSTON — A Boston museum has doubled its reward to $10 million for information that leads to the return of 13 works of art stolen in 1990 in the largest art heist in U.S. history.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s board of trustees announced the increase Tuesday.

On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers robbed the museum of approximately $500 million worth of masterpieces. They included works by Rembrandt, Manet and Vermeer. The FBI said in 2015 that the two suspects are now dead.

Prosecutors have said they believe Robert Gentile, 80, of Manchester, has information about the robbery.

In 1997, the museum increased its reward from $1 million to $5 million. The new $10 million reward is available immediately but expires at midnight on Dec. 31.