Surveillance Video Provides New Clue In Gardner Museum Heist


A NEW CLUE TONIGHT IN THE GARDENER MUSEUM HEIST. THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO IS SPARKING ONE MAN’S MEMORY. 25 YEARS AFTER THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ART HEIST IN BOSTON, THIS VIDEO MAY HAVE PROVIDED THE BREAK INVESTIGATORS NEED TO BREAK THE CASE. KEN MacLEOD HAS A CLOSER LOOK. I COULDN’T BELIEVE WHAT HE WAS TELLING ME. Reporter: ATTORNEY GEORGE BURKE IS A FORMER NORFOLK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY WHO GOT A PHONE CALL FROM A FORMER CLIENT OVER THE WEEKEND. HE RECOGNIZED THE PERSON IN THE VIDEO. Reporter: HE’S REFERRING TO THE GRAINY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO RELEASED BY THE FEDS LAST WEEK, DEPICTING THE NIGHT BEFORE THE INFAMOUS ART HEIST A QUARTER CENTURY AGO. IT SHOWS A CAR PULLING UP TO THE PLACE BEFORE THE GUY WHO GETS OUT GOES THROUGH A SIDE DOOR, POSSIBLY TO CASE THE JOINT FOR THE ROBBERY 24 HOURS LATER. I’M THINKING THAT MAYBE — POSSIBLY — HE WAS PART OF THE DEAL AND KNOWS WHERE THE PAINTINGS ARE. Reporter: A HALF BILLION DOLLARS IN ART BY REMBRANDT, DEGAS, AND OTHERS HAVE NEVER BEEN FOUND. I HAVE BEEN HOPING SOME BREAK WOULD COME. Reporter: BURKE’S CLIENT NAMED SHADOWY FIGURE, WHOM HE TRIBED AS A FRIEND OF MILES CONNOR AND ADMITTED BANK ROBBER, DRUG DEALER, AND ART THIEF WHO ONCE MADE A PLEA DEAL WITH PROSECUTOR BURKE THAT INCLUDED STOLEN ART. WHEN HE TOLD ME THAT, I WAS IN A STATE OF SHOCK BECAUSE I KNOW WHO MARK IS AND I RECOVERED A REMBRANDT WHEN I WAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY. THE ACTUAL ROBBERS ARE BOTH DEAD, BUT THE TIPSTER BELIEVES THE GUY IN THE VIDEO AND THE BRAIN BEHIND THE HEIST ARE VERY MUCH ALIVE. HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE KNOWN AS THE ONE IDENTIFYING THE PERSON IN THE VIDEO. HE SAID TO ME, HE SAID, “I’M AFRAID THEY’D KILL ME.” Reporter: BURKE PASSED HIS CLIENT’S INFO TO THE U.S. ATTORNEY FIRST THING THIS MORNING AND SAID THE TIPSTER IS WILLING TO COOPERATE WITH FEDERAL PROSECUTORS FURTHER, AS LONG AS HE CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS. BURKE WONDERS WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN HAVE THE FEDS NOT WAITED 25 YEARS TO GO PUBLIC WITH THE VIDEO. I’M KEN MacLEOD, WBZ NEWS.

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