Prosecutor sees no Bulger link to Gardner Museum theft

By Stephen Kurkjian
Globe Staff / March 16, 2010

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The federal prosecutor leading the investigation of the 1990 theft of masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum said last night that he is convinced that James “Whitey’’ Bulger had nothing to do with the crime.

Assistant US Attorney Brian Kelly, who prosecuted Bulger and his criminal gang, said that investigators had specifically looked at a possible Bulger link to the crime, including interrogating former Bulger associates Stephen Flemmi and Kevin Weeks, but found no links.

Bulger disappeared from Boston in 1995, as he was being indicted on multiple federal charges and has not been seen since.

Kelly appeared last night with FBI Special Agent Geoffrey Kelly and Anthony Amore, security director for the Gardner Museum, at a conference hosted by the International Foundation for Art Research on the 20th anniversary of the Gardner theft.