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Stradivarius arrests: $5 million violin recovered

Stradivarius arrests: Milwaukee police say they have recovered a rare violin stolen from a concertmaster last month. Three arrests have been made in connection to the Stradivarius theft. 

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Stradivarius arrests: Concertmaster Frank Almond plays a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was on loan to him during a concert in Milwaukee. Police said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of the multi-million-dollar instrument.

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Stradivarius arrests: Police say they have recovered a violin that could be the rare Stradivarius stolen from a concertmaster following a performance last month at a Milwaukee college.

Milwaukee Police Lt. Jeffrey Norman said Thursday that experts will be contacted to confirm the authenticity of the violin.

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Authorities are holding three suspects in the Jan. 27 theft of the historic violin, crafted in 1715 and appraised for insurance purposes at $5 million.

Two men, ages 41 and 36, and a 32-year-old woman, are in custody.

Concertmaster Frank Almond was walking to his car following a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College when someone jumped out of a van, shocked him with a stun gun and seized the Stradivarius on loan to him. The robber got back into the waiting vehicle, which sped off.


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