Author to talk art heists at book discussion on Tuesday

If you’ve ever wondered how thieves could possibly get their hands on classic artwork, join art security expert Anthony Amore for a discussion on his book Stealing Rembrandts, the Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists, which he co-authored with investigative reporter Tom Mashberg, on Sept. 17.

Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to museums, galleries and art collectors annually.

Mr. Amore’s lecture will include details about the unsolved Gardner museum heist in 1990, when two thieves disguised as policemen stole 13 pieces of artwork, valued at $500 million, from the museum on St. Patrick’s Day. The thieves stole a Rembrandt painting called The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, as well as pieces by Vermeer, Degas and Manet. All 13 pieces remain missing to-date. In March, the FBI announced they now know the identities of the thieves, but have yet to solve the crime.

Mr. Amore is director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass., and has been leading efforts to track down the missing artwork since he was hired at the museum in 2005. Prior to joining the museum, Mr. Amore was an assistant director with the Transportation Security Administration where he helped to rebuild security at Logan Airport after the tragic events of 9/11. He is also a former special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration, where he was the lead agent responding to the Richard Reid shoe bomber attack.

Mr. Amore’s lecture will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Greenwich Library.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, contact Michele Martin at 203-625-6533 or visit

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