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Can Our Collective Carspotting Skills Help Find the Loot from the Biggest U.S. Art Heist?

Posted September 22, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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It's worth a try, at least. A quarter century on, federal investigators still have little to go on when it comes to locating the $500 million worth of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but a recently released video might help them track the loot down, if only they can identify the car in the video.

And that's where we come in. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General approached us to see if we can put our heads together on the car.

A little background first: On March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as Boston police officers tricked the night guards at the museum into letting them into the building, then handcuffed and duct-taped the guards and over the next hour and a half stole 13 paintings and other items-most notably a few Rembrandts and Johannes Vermeer's "The Concert"-none of which have since been seen. Authorities believe the two thieves are now dead, and the statute of limitations on the theft has expired, but they say they're no closer to locating the artwork than when they started their investigation.

So what classic cars might've been used to steal $500 million of art?

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09/22/2015 10:29 AM

Hopefully the art is better than the photo...

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09/22/2015 10:28 PM

How about a Toyota Camry liftback?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Camry#/media/File:Toyota-Camry-Hatchback.jpg

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09/23/2015 9:05 AM

It's not a Cavalier

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09/23/2015 10:10 AM

So where is the "magic" pc program the US government has which they use on CSI / NCIS / Criminal Minds / etc. TV shows that totally clears an image such as this so you can even read the license plate????Send it to Abby's lab at NCIS - she'll tell you the license plate number in about 30 seconds.

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09/23/2015 12:22 PM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking...

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09/24/2015 8:03 AM

Yeah, they tried that; but just as Abby's lab was about to spit out the solution, along comes a loud commercial and the data became scrambled.

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09/23/2015 1:17 PM

Surrealistic impressionism. Like my photography.

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09/23/2015 1:30 PM

It looks like a Ford Escort hatchback to me. Possibly an '88, or '89.

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09/23/2015 8:27 PM

That was my thought as well. That should narrow it down to about 2 million or so vehicles.

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