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It was March 18, 1990, when a pair of thieves disguised as Boston policemen, entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole 13 masterpiece valued at $500 million. Twenty-three years later the FBI says that they know who did it. They are releasing a few details and offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the safe return of the artwork.


1. Research the crime. How long did it take to steal the 13 masterpieces?
2. Research the heist. What internal controls were in place to prevent this type of theft?
3. Based on your research, what additional controls would have prevented this?
4. Can anyone be prosecuted in this case? Discuss.


CNN Video. New leads in $500 million art heist. CNN, March 19 (Retrievable online at