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Lancaster billboard touts $5M reward for info on art heist

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A billboard in Lancaster County is getting a lot of attention.

Twenty-three years ago, 13 rare art masterpieces were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Those pieces of art are still missing. The FBI put up billboards across the state, including one in Lancaster County, to try and solve the missing masterpiece mystery.

"We know that they were taken to Philadelphia to potentially be sold, but our info is limited to where they're at now," said Katherine Gulotta, spokeswoman for the Boston division of the FBI.

Since Lancaster is only an hour and a half from Philadelphia, the FBI put up a billboard along Route 30, asking for help locating the missing masterpieces. The $5 million reward is getting midstaters' attention.

Thomas Cook's art foundation works with the Gardner Museum.

"Your mind plays a lot of tricks on you," he said, "I mean, I've been thinking about it ever since I read about the billboards. You drive by a big house that's shuttered up and you think, ‘I wonder?'."

FBI investigators promised to canvas the world until the paintings are back in their frames.

"We continue to remain vigilant, we continue to chase down leads. We won't stop until the artwork's recovered," said Gulotta.

"They're priceless paintings. They're meant to be at the Gardner and to be enjoyed by everybody. It's a horrible crime," said Cook.

For more information on the mystery or to submit a tip, visit http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/march/reward-offered-for-return-of-stolen-gardner-museum-artwork.

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