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Feds Find Guns at Reputed Mobster's Manchester Home

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An empty frame in the Dutch Room of the Gardner Museum,

A search of a reputed mobster's Manchester home produced the seizure of numerous firearms, not a half billion dollars' worth of stolen artwork as federal agents hoped.

Officials say a Mac 11 machine gun, two handguns, a silencer, and ammunition was taken by FBI agents from the home of Robert Gentile.

Gentile's attorney, A. Ryan McGuigan, says the search was the FBI's attempt to pressure his client into divulging information about a March 1990 heist at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The alleged New England Mafia member has been targeted by federal authorities since a fellow gangster's widow claimed that her husband gave Gentile two of the stolen paintings.

McGuigan says Gentile has no information about the stolen art's whereabouts. The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment on the search.

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