Episode 022: Bob Bazin – Art Crime, Rodin Armed Robbery


Retired agent Bob Bazin served in the FBI for 28 years. He spent most of his career working property crimes cases and developed a specialized interest in art crime. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob talks about studying the “masters” at the Barnes Foundation and investigating and recovering stolen art from all over the world while assigned to the Philadelphia Division. He reviews a case he worked with the Philadelphia Police Department of the armed robbery by gunpoint from the Rodin museum of the priceless sculpture—Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose.


Special Agent (Retired)

Robert R. Bazin

1/6/69 – 3/31/1997

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During most of his Bureau career, Bob, along with a few agents in the New York Division worked art crime cases. He retired many years before the FBI created its rapid deployment Art Crime Team in 2004. The following is an article about Bob’s Rodin armed robbery case, a profile on recent Art Crime Team members and a link to the FBI website overview of the Art Crime Program.

Cops Bust Man In Rodin Museum Hold-up, Recover ‘Mask’

Anything Can Break Bad: An FBI Special Agent Has Learned the Difference Between the Art World and the Mafia

FBI Website – Art Crime Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Bob holds the Rodin sculpture after it was recovered from its basement hiding place. This case is the only known U.S. art crime robbery by gunpoint.









Mask of Man
Rodin Museum-Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose Rodin considered Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose his first good piece of modeling and said it “determined all my future work.”











The red book Bob is holding is one of only six copies in the world of Hamlet (valued at $1 million). It was stolen from the rare book library at the University of Pennsylvania by a research student. Bob recovered it when she attempted to sell it to a rare book dealer who knew Bob.











Bob with former FBI Director Louie Freeh.









Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for free subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her nonfiction book FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives and her FBI corruption squad police procedurals featuring Special Agent Kari Wheeler are available wherever books are sold.


  1. Tom ManleyJune 24, 2016


    1. Jerri WilliamsJune 24, 2016

      Thanks Tom.


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