It s kind of hard to get in and out, the neighbor said. It s kind of annoying. She added, It s a quietneighborhood. I ve never seen anything like this.
Gentile s attorney, A. Ryan McGuigan, said today that the FBI isleading the search. They have brought with them a ground-penetrating radar device, aswell as two beagles and a ferret, to look for what they say areweapons. But we all know what they are actually looking for — andthey are looking for the paintings, McGuigan said. Tom Carson, a spokesman for the US attorney s office inConnecticut, declined comment on the search in an e-mail.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum does not have any commentsabout the Robert Gentile case, the museum said in a statement. The Museum continues to offer a $5 million reward for informationleading to the recovery of the artworks in good condition. Anyonewith information about the theft, the location of the stolenartworks, and/or the investigation, should contact the GardnerMuseum. Authorities have said that at least two men dressed as policeofficers talked their way into the Gardner on March 18, 1990, tiedup the security guards, and left with 13 masterworks, includingthree by Rembrandt and five by Degas. Some of the stolen piecescould sell for $50 million on the open market, art experts say. Android 4.0 Touchpad
Despite an intensive search by law enforcement, no one has everbeen charged in the case and none of the paintings have ever beenrecovered. Gentile has been jailed on federal drug charges in what McGuiganhas characterized as an effort to pressure the 75-year-old man intoadmitting he has information about the Gardner robbery when he doesnot. This case comes down to the fact that this guy sold his ownpainkillers to some kid who was working for the FBI, so they couldsearch his house, McGuigan said. It s a ruse. The neighbor said she knew Gentile and his wife, both of whom havebeen in the home for many years. China Mid Umpc Tablet PC
She said she was concerned for thewell-being of Gentile s wife, who has continued to live in thehome since her husband was taken into federal custody earlier thisyear. They are very nice people, very quiet people, the neighborsaid. Another neighbor, Joseph O Reilly, said police cars and news vanshave been coming and going all day. None of the cars look likepolice cars. Not one of them you would think is a police cruiser. China Google Android 7 Tablet PC Computer Netbook UMPC
O Reilly said he cannot see the full search from his house, butsaid his neighborhood is abuzz with interest. There are people walking around on the street, he said. Youcan tell everybody is kind of curious. O Reilly said he moved to Frances Drive about a year ago, and wassurprised when he heard that a man up the street was arrested.
Somebody mentioned that there was an article in the paper inFebruary that they arrested a mobster up the street from myhouse, he said. I turned on the news this morning and saw ourstreet on Channel 6. At the museum in the Fenway area this afternoon, several patronsexpressed hope that the investigation would lead to the recovery ofthe famous works. It has been the great mystery of the Back Bay, said Wendy SwartGrossman, a Brookline consultant and writer.
It [the heist] lefthuge gaping holes in the collection, and it s a huge story. It sa fascinating piece of the Boston story. Lisa Pinto, an administrative worker from Worcester, sized up someof the possible challenges investigators face in the long-runningcase. My theory is whoever did that heist was knocked off becauseno one is talking, but somebody would have to know where the artis, said Pinto, 45, who was visiting the Gardner for the firsttime. I think it s such a well-kept secret, but money talks andgreed usually overcomes common sense and loyalties.
Kate Connell, 27, of Somerville said the puzzle lends the museum aspecial air. In a way, I find the mystery of the heist intriguing, Connellsaid. The haunting feeling of those empty frames is veryinteresting. McGuigan said that law enforcement has acted courteously towardsGentile s family today, adding that agents stopped at the home ofGentile s son to let him know about the excavation effort beforeit began. Gentile is being held without bail following his arrest in Februaryon drug charges.
An earlier search of his home yielded silencers,ammunition, and firearms. Globe correspondent Patrick D. Rosso contributed to this report.