Police: Man smashed open Gardner Museum door, tossed in painting he had earlier stolen from a Newbury Street gallery

Boston police report they arrested a Randolph man for smashing a door at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and leaving an object that the bomb and hazardous materials units brought in early Saturday.

Police report BPD detectives and US marshals caught 48-year-old Robert Viens in a house on Commercial Street in Braintree on Tuesday morning.

He has been charged with intent to commit and enter a crime, possession, transport or use of a joke device or substance, and with the destruction of more than $ 1,200 worth of property.

Artnet reports that the mysterious item found by police was a painting wrapped in blankets. According to police, Viens was already being wanted for theft of this painting – and one other item – stolen from the Arden Gallery, 129 Newbury St. The incident was reported just before 7 a.m. on January 11.

After Viens threw the stolen painting in the museum, he rode off on his bike, Artnet reports.

Innocent, etc.

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