Feds find guns at reputed mobster’s Manchester home, not art
HARTFORD — A search of a reputed mobster’s Connecticut home produced the seizure of numerous firearms, not a half billion dollars’ worth of artwork stolen from a Boston museum as federal agents hoped.
Officials say a Mac 11 machine gun, two handguns, a silencer and ammunition was taken by FBI agents from the Manchester home of Robert Gentile.
Gentile’s attorney says the search was the FBI’s attempt to pressure his client into divulging information about a March 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The alleged New England Mafia member has been targeted by federal authorities since a gangster’s widow claimed that her husband gave Gentile two of the stolen paintings.
The attorney says Gentile has no information about the stolen art’s whereabouts. The U.S. Attorney’s office had no comment.