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Myles Connor

Myles Connor is brought into a Dedham courthouse on July 9, 1985. (George Rizer/Boston Globe)
Myles Connor is brought into a Dedham courthouse on July 9, 1985. (George Rizer/Boston Globe)

Myles Connor first became something of a local legend in the Boston area with his rock ‘n’ roll band, The Wild Ones – but his infamy grew with his criminal exploits, especially the stealing of art and Chinese vases. Connor was responsible for stealing a Rembrandt by rifle point from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 1975, with the hope that his return of the masterpiece would lighten his prison sentence for robbing a Maine estate of several Wyeth paintings with Bobby Donati the year before. Connor was in jail serving the end of a 10-year drug sentence when the Gardner theft occurred, but he later wrote in his book, “Art of The Heist,” that he had cased the museum in the 1970s with Donati, who he believed executed the historic theft.

-- Written by Stephen Kurkjian


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