BOSTON — The new head of the Boston FBI office says he will have a “laser-like focus” on finding fugitive gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and solving the 1990 Gardner Museum art heist.

Richard DesLauriers said the two high-profile cases will be among his highest local priorities.

DesLauriers began work last month as special agent in charge. He is a 23-year veteran of the FBI with extensive experience in counterintelligence.

DesLauriers, a native of Longmeadow, oversees the FBI in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Bulger, a former FBI informant, is wanted in connection with 19 murders.

The largest art theft in history at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum remains unsolved 20 years after two thieves disguised as police officers made off with more than a half-billion dollars in art.

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