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FBI Knows Suspects in $500 Million Art Theft

The FBI says it has identified suspects in the 1990 theft of half a billion dollars worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Richard DesLauriers says the suspects belong to a criminal organization based in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. He did not further identify the suspects.

There is a $5 million reward in the case involving 13 stolen paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet. It was the costliest art theft in U.S. history.

Federal agents believe the art stolen 23 years ago was taken shortly afterward to the Philadelphia region and Connecticut and offered for sale about a decade ago.

The FBI has a website aimed at getting help to crack the case at www.FBI.gov/gardner .

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