This Massive Heist From 1990 Is So Shady And Interesting, And It's Still Unsolved All These Years Later

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    This week's (and previous) episodes of BuzzFeed Unsolved are now available on Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Roku TV. On this episode of BuzzFeed Unsolved, Ryan and Shane investigate the Gardner Museum Heist. Below are 15 of the many facts they discussed.

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    1. The Gardner Museum was built in 1901. It contains over 15,000 pieces of art, collected by the late Isabella Stewart Gardner.

    2. On March 18, 1990, the museum fell victim to a heist. Only 13 pieces were stolen, but their combined value was over $500 million.

    3. On the night of the heist, two inexperienced guardsmen were on duty.

    4. Around 12:54 a.m., half an hour before the thieves entered the building, a fire alarm went off on the third floor.

    5. At 1:24 a.m., two men dressed as policemen buzzed into the security desk where Abath was stationed.

    6. Abath buzzed the policemen in, violating museum protocol.

    7. This was a trick to get Abath to leave his control desk, which had the only button capable of immediately alerting police.

    8. At this time, the second guard arrived, and he was also held captive by the two men.

    9. The robbers then went to the second floor and split up, removing various pieces of art from the wall.

    10. At 2:28 a.m., the robbers returned to the security counter and checked on the guards in the basement.

    11. The pieces taken included three Rembrandt's. They tried taking a fourth Rembrandt, but apparently it was too difficult to move.

    12. Sometime between 6:45 a.m. and 8:16 a.m., the two morning shift guards showed up for work, but were unable to enter the museum.

    13. In April 1994, the museum received an anonymous letter that claimed to know the location of the missing art.

    14. The museum agreed to the letter's terms, and received a second letter from the writer.

    15. There are multiple theories regarding who may've been responsible for the heist.

    There are multiple theories and suspects, but ultimately, the identity of those responsible for the heist remains unsolved.