FBI Searches Mobster’s Home Over Art Heist

May 11, 2012 Updated: May 11, 2012

FBI agents are scouring the home of a reputed Connecticut mobster for evidence that he stole valuable works of art.

Robert Gentile is said to have been involved in stealing nine priceless works of art by Manet, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Degas from the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in 1990.

His lawyer, Ryan McGuigan, told the Boston Herald that the FBI is using a warrant to look for guns at Gentile’s home, but added, “they’re looking for paintings.” He added, “We all know what they’re really looking for.”

“This is nonsense,” McGuigan told The Associated Press during an impromptu press conference in front of Gentile’s home. “This is the FBI. Are you trying to tell me they missed something the first time? They’re trying to find $500 million of stolen artwork. … All they’re going to find is night crawlers.”

Gentile was arrested several months ago for selling prescription painkillers illegally and later on weapons charges.

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