FBI Pursues Inmate Tip in Gardner Museum Heist

FBI Pursues Inmate Tip in Gardner Museum Heist
An inmate serving a life sentence for murder believes he has a hot tip in the still-unsolved theft of more than $300 million worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, the Boston Globe reports.

Last year, the Boston Herald identified George Reissfelder, a mob associate who'd died in 1991, as a potential suspect. Shortly thereafter, the inmate, Robert C. Beauchamp, contacted the FBI and said that in 1991 Reissfelder had told him that the stolen artworks — including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a Degas, and a Manet — were hidden in the Maine home of a recently deceased associate.

Reissfelder died soon after, without revealing the specific location of the Maine house.

"We have acted upon the information, but we have been unable to corroborate it," said a spokeswoman for the FBI's Boston office.

The museum, meanwhile, is skeptical. "The information provided by this individual in the past has not led to any significant development in the case," it said in a statement.

The FBI searched a house in Lewiston, Maine, last year on a tip from Beauchamp, without turning anything up.