When you look at the big, successful heists of the last 20 years, like the Scottish Madonna or the theft of The Scream from the [Munch Museum and another version from the] Norwegian National Gallery, you realize that very little has changed. The stuff you see in the movies—some computer geek hacking into the museum's mainframe and disabling the alarms so his buddies can rappel in from the air ducts—just isn't realistic. I don't care how good you are; a top-notch security system is impossible to outsmart, and it's certainly not worth the effort. The best way to successfully execute a big score is still the way we did it when we took the Rembrandt: go in while the museum's open, grab the painting off the wall and muscle your way out.
Connor, 65, has told the Herald that he cased the Hub museum and believes some of his associates are behind the March 18, 1990, theft.
Connor, the son of a Milton cop, was first linked with efforts to recover the stolen masterpieces in 1997. At the time, Connor was serving a 15-year sentence in a Pennsylvania federal prison for interstate trafficking in stolen antiques and drug charges.
“I know emphatically and beyond any doubt who stole the art,” Connor once told Time magazine, ABC News and other media outlets. It was a repeat of a tale Connor had told the Herald many times as well.
"Since the robbery, the museum has obtained insurance and has expanded its security system. Today, the security staff is larger than any other department in the museum."
ricochet biscuit: There is a much more elegant of the former scenario, which is where you (the thief) negotiate with a half-dozen or more buyers and contact a skilled art forger.
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