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FBI Gets Tips on 25-Year-Old Art Heist in Boston After Release of Video

Theft at Gardner Museum

Theft at Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 25-year mystery surrounding the bold heist at the Stewart Gardner Museum may be getting closer to being solved after the FBI began investigating a “handful of tips,” The New York Daily News reports.

The tips come just days after the FBI released jumpy surveillance video of the museum 24 hours before the robbery of 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas.

One tip included the identity of a man seen leaving the museum the night before it was robbed.

The artwork is valued at $500 million.

Attorney George Burke said one of his clients identified the mystery man an antique dealer.

FBI Releases Video of Decades-Old Art Heist at Museum in Boston

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released a jumpy surveillance video in hopes of solving the decades-old art heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Authorities have been scratching their heads since two men, disguised as policemen, stole 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas, NBC News reports.

The FBI released the video to the public for the first time. It was recorded 24 hours before the theft and shows a car that matches the description of the one reported to be involved in the theft the following night. An unidentified man also is shown.

“We have engaged in an exhaustive re-examination of the original evidence in this case,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, “to ensure that all avenues have been explored in the continuing quest to recover these artworks.”

Head of FBI’s Boston Office to Retire And Join Private Sector After 2 Years at Helm

Vincent Lisi

Vincent Lisi

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the FBI in Boston is retiring after 26 years of service with the agency.

Vincent B. Lisi, who was appointed to run the Boston field office two years ago, plans to join the private sector as a director of security, his spokeswoman told the Boston Globe. 

“Vince has worked tirelessly during his tenure . . . and the district has clearly benefited from his expertise and dogged work ethic,” U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said. “He truly exemplifies public service as evidenced by his long and impressive career.”

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans lauded Lissi for his “help, support and professionalism” in keeping the region safe.

“During his time in Boston, the already strong relationship between the FBI and the BPD only got stronger, and [Lisi] will be missed,” Evans said.

Lisi, who took over the position three months after the Boston Marathon attack, oversaw FBI operations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Details of his job weren’t immediately clear.

Convicted Gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Asks for Court to Overturn Conviction

"Whitey" Bulger

“Whitey” Bulger

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is asking for a new trial, claiming he was given an unfair trial because he was barred from testifying about his contention that he received immunity for his crimes, the Associated Press reports.

Bulger’s attorney Hank Brennan said Bulger should have been permitted to testify that a now-dead federal prosecutor granted him immunity.

“The defendant has that right to testify. There is no shaking that right,” Brennan told a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The government argued that the judge had a right to deny Bulger from testifying about the immunity claim because there was no hard evidence such an agreement existed.

“He chose not to testify,”  Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Kromm said.

Boston Police Captain Faced Dilemma When Dealing with Son’s Growing Extremism

Terror Plot Officer's Son

Alexander Ciccolo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo faced a dilemma when he became concerned that his son may pose a danger because of his growing extremism.

His son, Alexander Ciccolo, was mentally ill and began talking about joining ISIS and fighting in Iraq and Syria, WBUR reports. Although his son hadn’t committed a crime, Capt. Ciccolo took the news to the FBI.

Now his son is charged with plotting to detonate a bomb at an unknown university following an FBI sting.

“Obviously, he struggled with him, and he couldn’t set him straight,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “So maybe getting locked up was the best thing. Maybe now he’ll get the medical care he needs.”

The son’s attorney thinks the father had a better alternative.

“This is a kid who should have been involuntarily committed in a mental hospital,” said defense attorney Harvey Silverglate, of Cambridge, Mass. “He would have been no danger to society. He would have been no danger to himself.”

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Former Boston Cop Admits to Lying to FBI During Drug Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran Boston police officer who lied to the FBI is resigning as part of a plea agreement that would prevent him from going to jail, the Boston Herald reports.

David Michael Fitzgerald, 49, admitted making false statements to the FBI on April 27 while agents investigated a street-level drug dealer. They discovered that Fitzgerald made cash loans to the drug dealer.

“Fitzgerald falsely stated to the FBI special agents were investigating that (1) the purposed of his earlier meeting that day with the Associate was simply social in nature and (2) he had never loaned money to the Associate,” court documents state. Fitzgerald has known the drug dealer and bookmaker since 2006, the filings state.

Fitzgerald’s attorney said his client is a good man who made a bad mistake.

“He was a very well respected police officer,” the attorney, Kenneth Anderson, said. “He’s a great guy who had a lapse of judgment and made a mistake.”

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New Records Reveal final Moments of Ibragim Todashev’s Life During FBI Probe

Ibragim Todashev

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What happened in the final moments of Ibragim Todashev’s life has been the subject of intensive investigations and a lawsuit.

Boston.com reports that new information suggests Todashev was “calm and respectful” when the FBI and Massachusetts State Police entered his apartment in Florida.

By night’s end, Todashev, who was a friend of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was dead after being shot seven times.

An acquaintance said Todashev “lost control easily.”

According to the reports, Todashev was confessing to an unsolved murder just before he lunged at an FBI agent with a broomstick handle, causing a head injury that would require nine stitches.

The agent shot Todashev seven times.

Proecutors: Terrorism Suspect in Boston Planned to Kill Police with Knives

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not long before a 26-year-old terrorism suspect was fatally shot Tuesday during a scuffle with FBI agents and Boston police, he told a friend that he wanted to randomly kill police officers and bought three combat knives on Amazon.com, the Washington Post reports.

A criminal complaint filed against Usaamah Abdullah Rahim alleges he even wanted to behead an unknown person in a different state.

The complaint asserts that Rahim and two other men plotted the killing of police officers while they were visiting Rhode Island.

One of the suspects has been questioned but not identified. The other, David Wright, of Everest, Mass., was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to obstruct justice.