BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of the heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Priceless artwork was taken right out of their frames 25 years ago and still have not been tracked down.
On March 18, 1990, 13 pieces, valued at $500 million, were stolen. The most famous piece taken was Rembrandt's only seascape, "Storm on the Sea of Galilee."
The FBI says that two men dressed as police officers subdued two guards and had their run of the Gardner Museum for 81 minutes. FOX25's Bob Ward broke international news last May that the FBI had confirmed sightings of at least some of the stolen artwork back in 2000, 10 years after the heist.
The FBI told FOX25 that organized crime figure Carmelo Merlino once told an FBI informant that he planned on returning the Rembrandt masterpiece for the reward money, but Merlino then ended up busted for other crimes and died in prison.
FBI Agent Geoff Kelly told FOX25 that the Merlino lead took them down a path of organized crime figures in Connecticut and Philadelphia, leading investigators to believe at least some of the paintings have been offered for sale in Philadelphia. Investigators believe they're on the right track to finding the paintings.
On the anniversary of the heist, the FBI reminded the public that they still need help in tracking down the stolen artwork, A $5 million reward and immunity has been offered in order to recover the 13 works of art worth a half-billion dollars.