FBI Loses Gardner Museum Heist Evidence

The duct tape and handcuffs that the robbers used in 1990, which the FBI had collected on the day they took over the case, has gone missing. I am no expert in criminology, but it seems as another sign of incompetence for such a competent agency. Already a retired FBI agent said that the case was bungled because of infighting among department, each wanting to be the one to solve the high-profile case. When I had given a talk about The Museum Heist at the Harvard Coop, one person in the audience had worked as a security guard at the Gardner but left two months before the heist. When I asked him if he was interviewed by the FBI, to my amazement he said, “Never.” How could that be? It seems such a shame that this case has continued on with no resolution in sight for now 27 years.

6 Comment

  1. Eddy Walters says: Reply

    I too have been following this case, and there is no doubt that you’re right about the FBI fumbling the case. I’m not sure why. They have a reputation for being professional. But this latest case seems to show that they don’t have much interest in solving the case.

  2. Paul Douglas says: Reply

    I think this was a very difficult case, and I would be shy of questioning how the FBI conducted it. However, I agree that the case, soon coming up to 30 years old, will never be solved

  3. Harold Small says: Reply

    This was not only a loss for the city of Boston, it was a loss to humanity. I pray that you are not right that the crime will never be solved, but I’m afraid that, since no one has come forward so far for the generous reward, you may be right.
    Keep up the good work of the foundation.

  4. Phil Sampson says: Reply

    I’m not in Boston, and I really didn’t know about this robbery. What a shame, and some thugs can ruin the world like this. It shows to me that we are missing a good education system.

  5. Denise Nadya says: Reply

    I’m sorry to hear that you think the robbery will not be solved. I can’t understand how someone could destroy these priceless works.

  6. Alice Kovak says: Reply

    I actually feel sorry for the cops. This was an unusual robbery for the time. I think today they would have been more efficient and professional. Having said that, I agree that they were thinking in an old manner

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