Guard Opened Door Before Gardner Art Heist

On March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers entered Boston’s Gardner Museum and stole 13 renowned works of art, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Manet. Now federal law-enforcement officials say they think they had help from inside. On Thursday, investigators released surveillance video showing a “night watchman open the museum’s side door and grant unauthorized access to an unidentified man at about 12:49 a.m. on March 17, 1990—24 hours before the museum was robbed under similar circumstances,” The Boston Globe writes. The watchman has been identified as Richard Abath, a rock musician who was moonlighting as a guard. Abath admits he let the two men in on March 18 but has long denied any ties to the robbery.