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StoryCorps’ Story of the Week: “It’s the kind of thing most people don’t have to l


In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, two thieves pulled off the biggest art heist in history.

Disguised as police officers, they tricked a night watchman into letting them into Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and made off with artwork worth nearly half a billion dollars.

The thieves have never been caught and the art has never been recovered.

Rick Abath was the guard who opened the door that night. Twenty-five years after the robbery, he sat down to tell his story with his wife, Diana.

Hear the full story here.

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