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New charges for figure linked to Gardner heist

A reputed member of the Mafia from Connecticut who has been described as a person of interest in the long-unsolved Gardner Museum art heist is now facing charges that he stashed guns and silencers in his home.

Robert V. Gentile, 75, of Manchester was indicted last week on charges of being a previously convicted felon in possession of firearms that had traveled in interstate commerce, being a previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition that had traveled in interstate commerce, and unlawfully possessing silencers, the US attorney’s office in Connecticut said in a statement.

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A prosecutor said in late March in federal court in Connecticut that investigators believed Gentile might have information related to the 1990 robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

The heist has been an impenetrable riddle for investigators for years.

The museum is offering a $5 million reward, and federal investigators have offered immunity for anyone providing information about the 13 stolen artworks.

Gentile’s lawyer has said that investigators have hounded and “tortured’’ his client for two years, pressing him for information he maintains he does not have.

Martin Finucane can be reached at mfinucane@globe.com; John Ellement at ellement@globe.com.
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