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$100,000 reward announced in Stradivarius violin theft
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-31-14 | Ashley Luthern

Posted on 01/31/2014 7:37:57 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

A $100,000 reward was announced Friday for a priceless 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen in an armed robbery this week.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was attacked with a stun gun Monday and robbed of the violin, which has been on indefinite loan to him from its anonymous owners since 2008, a common practice in the music world.

The reward will be offered to anyone who can provide information that results in the safe return of the stolen violin. Officials declined to disclose Friday who, or what organization, is financing the reward.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said the department welcomes the assistance of the reward, while Mark Niehaus, president and executive director of the symphony, expressed gratitude at the support given to the organization and Almond since the robbery.

"We are hopeful that this reward will aid in the recovery of this priceless treasure so that it may be enjoyed by Milwaukee's cultural community and the international arts world for years to come," Niehaus said in a statement.

A Milwaukee police spokesman confirmed Friday that Almond reported the robbers were a man and a woman. Investigators are reviewing security footage and following leads in the case, but no further information was available Friday.

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In 1962, the Lipinski Stradivarius was sold to Richard Anschuetz, a pianist in New York who spent summers in Milwaukee as a child. Anschuetz purchased it for his wife, the Estonian violinist and child prodigy Evi Liivak, with whom he had performed since the 1940s, according to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

~snip~

Almond was attacked this week after a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The robber fled to a nearby vehicle, described as a maroon or burgundy minivan driven by an accomplice. The violin case was found a short time after the robbery...

(Excerpt) Read more at jsonline.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: almond; lipinski; reward; stradivarius; theft; violin
Many added details in this article.
1 posted on 01/31/2014 7:37:58 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Another update on the theft of the Lipinski Stradivarius with added details.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


2 posted on 01/31/2014 7:39:16 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; EveningStar; Borges

Classical music ping


3 posted on 01/31/2014 7:40:52 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I wondering if in discarding the violins case the perps thought to make it anonymous...?

I wouldnt think this was done by a very bright pair of thieves frankly.

it will probably show up on ebay...and craigslist...and Fazedbook.

how does one market a stolen world famous instrument?


4 posted on 01/31/2014 7:47:12 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; All


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5 posted on 01/31/2014 7:48:01 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: MeshugeMikey

I think all of the world’s dealers in rare and expensive violins know each other; they’re that small of a group.

I don’t believe a layman would be able to distinguish, by visual inspection, between a Stradivarius and some other old violin that had been gathering dust in a music shop or someone’s attic.


6 posted on 01/31/2014 7:51:04 PM PST by thecodont
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Is your classical music ping list always this exciting?

/johnny

7 posted on 01/31/2014 7:54:58 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: MeshugeMikey
how does one market a stolen world famous instrument?

One steals it for a customer that has already purchased it before the theft.

/johnny

8 posted on 01/31/2014 7:56:13 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I don’t have a classical music ping list — just borges and Evening Star. Exciting? Surely you jest...:)


9 posted on 01/31/2014 7:57:05 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: thecodont
The wood grain is tighter because the trees grew during a cold period in Northern Italy.

Even cooks know stuff like that.

/johnny

10 posted on 01/31/2014 7:57:23 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: thecodont

I doubt that this violin was dusty. It is played daily by the Concert Master. A little rosin dust, perhaps...


11 posted on 01/31/2014 7:58:35 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: MeshugeMikey

Might have been afraid there was a tracking device in the case.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 8:06:16 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: DannyTN

Pretty sure that was it.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 8:10:52 PM PST by thecodont
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To: afraidfortherepublic; JRandomFreeper; Publius

Ping-a-ling.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 8:11:57 PM PST by thecodont
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To: JRandomFreeper; afraidfortherepublic; MeshugeMikey; thecodont
how does one market a stolen world famous instrument?

One steals it for a customer that has already purchased it before the theft.

Exactly. It's setting in someone's music room as we read this thread.

15 posted on 01/31/2014 8:36:49 PM PST by LucyT ( If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Inside job.

The perp only cares about attention.

He could have stolen all kinds of stuff worth 300k

But, steal a Stradivarius,now you got an audience.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 8:49:42 PM PST by logitech (It is time.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
The wood grain is tighter because the trees grew during a cold period in Northern Italy.

You've probably read about Lorenzo Pellegrini.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22094279

Who knows but with global cooling, the world might be heading in the direction of once again producing Stradivarius-grade lumber.

17 posted on 01/31/2014 8:51:44 PM PST by thecodont
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To: LucyT
Not mine. I've got a rickety 100+ year old baby grand, and my 5 string banjo with the home-made knob for the 5th string.

I tend to stuff I inherit and can fix. ;)

/johnny

18 posted on 01/31/2014 8:54:21 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: thecodont
Never read that. Thanks for the link.

Nah, it was commonly talked about among the chefs I worked with. Historical changes in Italian cooking tied to global cooling and the link to Stradivarius. ;)

/johnny

19 posted on 01/31/2014 8:56:54 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s nothing fret about.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 9:32:13 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H

Arg! First rule of comedy - get the punchline right.


21 posted on 01/31/2014 9:33:17 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: LucyT
xactly. It's setting in someone's music room as we read this thread.

nonsense, its only value is to the original owner for a ransom figure....if you steal the "MONA LISA" it would be pretty tough to pick up a few bucks for it at your local pawn shop.... the penalty for these crimes should be EXTRAORDINARLY SEVERE because they are just basically evil with no intention of physically gaining posession of the said object..steal it from me and I will kill you.

22 posted on 01/31/2014 10:18:37 PM PST by terycarl
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To: terycarl
One steals it for a customer that has already purchased it before the theft.
23 posted on 01/31/2014 10:27:25 PM PST by LucyT ( If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: Ken H

You guys are generous with the puns! That was a good one. Let’s hope the perps face the music.


24 posted on 02/01/2014 3:26:49 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JRandomFreeper

Wow! That’s an interesting angle to the magic of Stradivarius. I looked them up on the web and was surprised to learn how many were made and how many are still played! And, as a previous poster on another thread added, how many have been stolen and never recovered!


25 posted on 02/01/2014 3:31:07 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m finished with these puns, so I think I’ll bow out.


26 posted on 02/01/2014 4:22:55 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Let’s hope the perps face the music.”

Either string ‘em up or jail them and throw away the key.


27 posted on 02/01/2014 5:15:45 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Mr. Rythm has the violin.


28 posted on 02/01/2014 5:49:02 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: LucyT

I suspect that may be the case.

Given the value of that I place on fine musical instruments i cant imagine actually playing one that was acquired in such a manner.


29 posted on 02/01/2014 6:11:22 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: DannyTN

That never crossed my mind

Thanks


30 posted on 02/01/2014 6:13:20 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: thecodont

This theft really angers me, more so perhaps than many others due to the nature of the relationship the between the violinist and his instrument.

I’d bet its far more personal that giving up ownership of ones cell phone...


31 posted on 02/01/2014 6:19:28 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: CrazyIvan

Is that key major, or minor?


32 posted on 02/01/2014 9:27:53 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

In a felony case it’s always a major.


33 posted on 02/01/2014 10:50:05 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

In a felony case it’s always a major.


34 posted on 02/01/2014 10:50:48 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: CrazyIvan
Oops. Duet post.
35 posted on 02/01/2014 10:52:40 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Three Arrested in Wisconsin Stradivarius Theft

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/three-arrested-wisconsin-stradivarius-theft-n23161

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36 posted on 02/05/2014 8:00:46 PM PST by LucyT ( If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

This is really unfortunate because the violinist is the kind of person who plays often around the relatively small community. Wisconsin Lutheran College is a small college with a real focus on bringing traditional culture to the area.


37 posted on 02/05/2014 8:05:34 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

Progress appears to have been made...

Three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of a concert violinist’s multimillion-dollar Stradivarius, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office said on Wednesday.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said he had no additional information about the arrests or whether the nearly 300-year-old violin had been recovered.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that police had taken the three suspects into custody on Monday.

Lovern said a decision on whether they would be charged could be made as soon as Thursday.

The Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond last week, when the culprits used a stun gun on the musician after a concert in suburban Milwaukee.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/three-arrested-wisconsin-stradivarius-theft-n23161


38 posted on 02/05/2014 8:09:07 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3119777/posts


39 posted on 02/05/2014 8:17:50 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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