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This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

True crime docu about unsolved theft has violence, language.

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This interesting series offers some in-depth details surrounding the robbery of the eclectic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and about the investigation. It raises questions about what happened on March 18th, including whether or not it was an inside job. It reveals a few of the suspects who were ruled out at the time, including Rick Abath, one of the security guards on duty that night. It also highlights how the museum building -- thanks to its age and lack of upgrades at that time -- was a unique target.

It's a little slow at the beginning, and the overall series lacks the sensationalism associated with most true crime murder documentaries. But This Is a Robbery picks up as the narrative evolves, and alleged connections are made between stolen art and outfits like the Italian mafia and the Irish Republican Army. As these scenarios are discussed, it puts the heist in a bigger context, and underscores that the significance of the crime goes beyond money. If you like this sort of thing, chances are you'll find yourself fascinated by some of what is discussed here.

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