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.
Originally aired March 13, 2015, on NPR’s Morning Edition.