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Three suspects arrested, but stolen Stradivarius violin not recovered
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-5-14 | Ashley Luthern & Jim Higgins

Posted on 02/05/2014 8:12:56 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Three people have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a priceless Stradivarius violin, but the instrument has not been found, police said Wednesday.

The three suspects — two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 — were arrested Monday morning at their respective Milwaukee residences and remained in police custody Wednesday. One of the suspects has been linked to a prior art theft.

The violin, crafted in 1715 and known as the Lipinski Strad after a former owner, was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery Jan. 27. Almond had played the instrument during a performance earlier at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The violin's case was found later that night on Milwaukee's north side. The getaway van, an older model maroon minivan, has not been located.

"We emphasize at this time that although we made arrests we have not yet recovered the violin," Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said at a news conference Wednesday.

Flynn said he did not want to speculate, but when asked, he said there's "a good chance" the violin is still in Milwaukee. Investigators received information that pointed to the suspects and physical evidence that specifically linked one of them to the crime, he said.

"At this point we don't have any indication they were working for anyone but themselves," Flynn said.

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information that results in the safe return of the Lipinski Strad. The chief said the reward may have induced tipsters to provide information that led to the three arrests.

"(The violin) is not something that can be disposed of at some future date. It will never be valuable for a thief. It's only value is for a collector," Flynn said. "

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: almond; blackmuslim; dncbrownshirts; frankalmond; gwenmoore; latoyaatlas; lipinski; salahjones; stradivarius; stradtheunveiler; thieves; thugthevote; tireslashing; universalallah; wisconsin

1 posted on 02/05/2014 8:12:56 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

3 Arrested in Theft of Stradivarius. Violin NOT recovered.

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


2 posted on 02/05/2014 8:14:04 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

3 posted on 02/05/2014 8:19:02 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“...It will never be valuable for a thief. It’s only value is for a collector,” Flynn said.

Hmmm.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 8:19:39 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“...It will never be valuable for a thief. It’s only value is for a collector,” Flynn said.

Hmmm.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 8:19:40 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I hope they get it back.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 8:20:36 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crused it. -M. Twain)
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To: Born to Conserve

I did not double post. There is something screwy with servers or something....


7 posted on 02/05/2014 8:21:09 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The violin's case was found later that night on Milwaukee's north side.

my guess is, it had or they THOUGHT it had a tracker in it...

8 posted on 02/05/2014 8:22:07 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; a fool in paradise

This Almond is a nut!


9 posted on 02/05/2014 8:23:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I caanot find any pictures of the 3 arrested. Anybody have any? Also, I saw on twitter an aunt of 1 of the men arrested says her nephew is innocent (ya, surrre he is) and her house was raided by the FBI.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 8:27:32 PM PST by jodster36
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To: jodster36

Their names have not been released yet. Therefore, no pictures have been released.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 8:33:17 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Before it gets recovered hope it gets one romp stompin’ session in a Texas dancehall. A fiddle like that deserves some class sometimes.


12 posted on 02/05/2014 8:39:59 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Born to Conserve

yup, I don’t think you steal a $6M violin on spec. You steal it because someone has offered to pay you a big chunk of change to steal it for them. Hopefully at least one more arrest to come.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 8:49:36 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

water-boarding might help locate the violin...


14 posted on 02/05/2014 8:58:31 PM PST by PGR88
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To: afraidfortherepublic
very likely, the Violin been moved
elsewhere, sold to the highest bidder.

15 posted on 02/05/2014 8:59:04 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; jodster36

The case was found on the Milwaukee’s north side.
This is solid Amish country.
These are good boys just turning their life around.
They are taking music lessons and need a violin.
I’m sure you understand that!


16 posted on 02/05/2014 9:00:54 PM PST by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

News guy from channel 4 mentioned 1 name on twitter:
@ToddHicks4 #BreakingNews update : aunt of #Stradivarius #Violin suspect says her nephew #SalahJones is innocent - her house was raided by the #FBI


17 posted on 02/05/2014 9:15:13 PM PST by jodster36
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To: TaMoDee

Oh, I’m familiar with the north side. I’m from Wisconsin.
I’m sure they were “good boys turning their life around”


18 posted on 02/05/2014 9:18:02 PM PST by jodster36
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I guess all 3 names have been released: Universal Allah, Salah Jones and Latoya Atlas were arrested by Milwaukee Police Monday.
http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/Aunt-of-violin-theft-suspect-claims-her-home-raided-by-police-FBI-243862921.html?lc=Smart


19 posted on 02/05/2014 9:21:46 PM PST by jodster36
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To: PGR88

Bingo! I was thinking the same thing. Special crime requires special time.


20 posted on 02/05/2014 9:47:27 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I hope they get their banjo back so maybe these threads will go away..


21 posted on 02/05/2014 10:31:32 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Born to Conserve

There is no dishonor in a double post....


22 posted on 02/05/2014 10:47:55 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: jodster36

“I guess all 3 names have been released: Universal Allah, Salah Jones and Latoya Atlas were arrested by Milwaukee Police Monday.”

No Comment (needed).


23 posted on 02/05/2014 10:49:27 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: jodster36

Universal Allah????


24 posted on 02/05/2014 10:58:54 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: DesertRhino
Oh, this was a violin, not a fiddle.

You know how you can tell the difference?

You don't spill beer on a violin.

25 posted on 02/05/2014 10:59:05 PM PST by Repeat Offender (Why are cops ROE more lenient against us, here in the US, than U.S. military's ROE's in a war zone?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It is kindling by now. No one will turn it in nor will it be recovered. No collector is stupid enough to hire Universal or Latoya to steal a priceless instrument. Tweak is a bad drug and. I put my money it was sold for meth, or purple drank. Just my hunch.


26 posted on 02/06/2014 1:12:52 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: dennisw

Universal Allah; A grandiose name for a petty dirt-bag criminal. Maybe a name like that is too much a burden, impossible for most to live up to the impact of such a label, so a weak person take the easy way out of being responsible, they stop even trying to live a good life, feeling, perhaps ,they could never measure up anyway, so why sweat it? I met someone years ago with the name John Kennedy Sharif, I;m spelling it differently here. John approach to making a living was similiar to Universal’s.


27 posted on 02/06/2014 1:24:53 AM PST by lee martell
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Am I the only one to detect the clammy hand of Moriarity in this affair? Come Watson! The game is afoot!


28 posted on 02/06/2014 3:43:40 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Organic Panic

You’re probably right - it was just a crime of opportunity committed by some street thugs, and now the violin is at the bottom of a river somewhere or smashed in a dumpster.

I did notice, however, that the first article mentioned that one of these three had been involved in an earlier “art theft,” so I suppose there’s still a possibility that they were working on commission.

The story mentioned that they had dumped the case near where they stole the violin, probably, as someone here suggested, because they thought it had a tracking device (which it no doubt did). That indicates at least some awareness that what they were stealing wasn’t just any old fiddle to be sold for a bag of meth.

But as you say, who in their right mind would hire somebody named “Universal Allah” for the job?


29 posted on 02/06/2014 3:57:35 AM PST by livius
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To: jodster36

Don’t need no picture. The names tell me all I need to know! Amish, indeed!


30 posted on 02/06/2014 4:09:19 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dennisw
“Universal Allah????”

Mr. Universe to you.

31 posted on 02/06/2014 4:10:32 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: dragnet2

If you are not interested in this case, don’t click on the thread!


32 posted on 02/06/2014 4:14:18 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: livius
One question, if anyone knows...what's the annual insurance premium on something like this.

As I understand it..the violin is owned by a non-musician, who allows the musician to use it, as it should be, for a great instrument deserves to be played, and heard. This is a fairly common practice..

I assume it's insured...wonder if the premium is paid by the owner, or possibly the orchestra, or the user?

As compared to, say, a piece of jewelry worth millions, which the policy usually requires be kept is a vault except on the few occasions when it's taken out to be worn, this violin is out and about all the time..planes, taxis, carried on the street..

33 posted on 02/06/2014 4:50:29 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: Revolting cat!
Termites got it.


34 posted on 02/06/2014 7:01:05 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: bigbob; Revolting cat!
yup, I don’t think you steal a $6M violin on spec. You steal it because someone has offered to pay you a big chunk of change to steal it for them. Hopefully at least one more arrest to come.

Maybe it was an aspiring rapper.

Think of the street cred. Instantly famous. 6 million dollar heist. Do some time in the joint (more street cred) then... PROFIT!

35 posted on 02/06/2014 7:04:45 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: jodster36; Revolting cat!

“Universal Allah, Salah Jones and Latoya Atlas...”

Sounds like SOME kind of stage names.


36 posted on 02/06/2014 7:08:32 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Violin has been recovered: http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/Police-recover-stolen-Stradivarius-violin-243934001.html


37 posted on 02/06/2014 7:30:01 AM PST by choirboy
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To: ArtDodger

“Am I the only one to detect the clammy hand of Moriarity in this affair? Come Watson! The game is afoot!”

Freepers like you are one of the reasons I LOVE FR so much!


38 posted on 02/06/2014 7:44:24 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

One of the PERPS is related to CongressCritter Gwen Moore!

Gwen Moore’s SON (Supreme Allah Somethingorother) is the one who slashed tires of Republican Voter Vans during the 2008 (?) Presidential election!

http://www.jrn.com/tmj4/news/Aunt-of-violin-theft-suspect-claims-her-home-raided-by-police-FBI-243862921.html?lc=Smart

“Auntie” is sister to Gwen Moore.

What a racket!


39 posted on 02/06/2014 7:48:50 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: ken5050

I think the owner holds the policy, but there may be event coverage by the orchestra, too.


40 posted on 02/06/2014 7:54:38 AM PST by livius
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; a fool in paradise
One of the PERPS is related to CongressCritter Gwen Moore!

Good grief!

Actually, their names do sound like adopted names; I wonder if they belong to one of those bizarre black cults that pop up every now and then? They usually take a mixture of Muslim and Egyptian or other similar names, either as first names or last names or both, and usually have an anti-white focus - and they frequently even wear costumes. There was a group like this in Miami a few years ago that killed several people and was planning on killing more, and then of course there's that bunch of loonies in the wild costumes who stand outside of Macy's in New York and rant about the "white devils."

41 posted on 02/06/2014 7:58:45 AM PST by livius
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To: livius; Revolting cat!
Hey don't be hatin' on all of those cults. Sun Ra Arkestra made some good music despite some racist claptrap and SF weirdness here and there.


42 posted on 02/06/2014 8:11:14 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

So you’re suggesting this cult may have wanted a Stradivarius for its musical outreach program? ;-)


43 posted on 02/06/2014 8:35:42 AM PST by livius
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To: livius
Could be (look far right)!


44 posted on 02/06/2014 8:37:45 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

45 posted on 02/06/2014 8:40:23 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: a fool in paradise
Maybe it was an aspiring rapper.

Exactly. Eat your cheap heart out Fitty Sents, here comes Sixx Millyon!

46 posted on 02/06/2014 10:21:22 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: jodster36
I guess all 3 names have been released: Universal Allah, Salah Jones and Latoya Atlas were arrested by Milwaukee Police Monday.

Poor Universal, he wanted to become the world's premier fiddlin' rapper.

47 posted on 02/08/2014 6:31:23 AM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (I am waiting for the Last Supper to be served again with an exciting new appetizer.)
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