Skip to comments.Stolen Stradivarius violin found in suitcase in Milwaukee attic
Posted on 02/06/2014 11:40:57 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in an armed robbery last month has been found and will be returned to its owner later Thursday, authorities said.
Three suspects two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 were arrested Monday morning at their respective Milwaukee residences and remain in police custody.
Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that the violin was found in a suitcase in an attic of a city residence, with the help of tips from citizens and information received from Taser International about the stun gun used in the robbery.
Police determined that one suspect, Universal Allah, had bought the stun gun, while another, Salah Jones, became the main suspect based on an independent tip. Jones has been linked to a prior art theft.
Milwaukee police have referred the case to the Milwaukee County district attorney's office, and charges are expected to be filed Friday.
The violin appeared to be in good condition, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra president Mark Niehaus said at the news conference.
"We have pretty strong confidence that the violin is fine," Niehaus said.
Mayor Tom Barrett called it a "wonderful day" for all involved.
"It was a model of cooperation with the FBI working closely with the police department," Barrett said at the news conference.
Violinist Frank Almond, who was robbed of the Strad on Jan. 27, thanked investigators in a statement released Thursday by the Milwaukee Symphony.
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Milwaukee police posted to Twitter this photo of the recovered Stradivarius violin before a news conference Thursday.
I don’t care what anyone says...it’s a piece of manipulated wood....and nothing more
cut off their right hands?
Yes, and Secretariat was a pile of dog food
Universal Allah ??
Universal Allah & Salah Jones,.... what are they?, as if we didn’t know.
Did anyone ever consider that they stole it to help pay for their new Obamacare premiums?
Just wondering. lol
Naw...I’m just being sarcastic.
All in all, good work by the MPD
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list. and the FBI.
Those darn Amish again!
Well, 3rd and Marquette Allah doesn't have quite the same ring.
Yeah, and a Ford class aircraft carrier is just a piece of manipulated steel.
Stradivarius is just a chunk of wood. And gold is just a chunk of metal.
So, what was the woman’s name? We have the names of the two men, why not the woman?
I’m not a lawyer (my cousin is), but as far as I know in cases such as this, death penalty applies.
I’m not a musician, but I have heard one of these incredible instruments sing...it brought chills up my spine and tears to my eyes.
Universal Allah and the rest of his crew need some old fashion justice...remove their thieving hands without anesthesia.