Feds: Conn. man knows something about stolen art

JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN Associated Press Published:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- As Boston finished celebrating St. Patrick's Day in 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers walked into Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to pull off the largest art theft in history.

In a little over an hour, they removed masterworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas (de-GAH'), Manet (me-NAY') and others, cutting some of the largest pieces from their frames.

Federal authorities appear to be pinning some hope on solving the mystery on a 75-year-old reputed mobster from Connecticut whose attorney says has lived with his wife in the same small house in a Hartford suburb for 50 years.

A prosecutor revealed in court that the FBI believes Robert Gentile "had some involvement in connection with stolen property" related to the art heist.

Gentile's attorney, A. Ryan McGuigan, called the notion preposterous.