Stradivarius violin valued at $5M

4:16 PM, Feb 5, 2014   |    comments
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MILWAUKEE-An early 18th-Century violin was stolen from a Milwaukee concertmaster Wednesday.

How the nearly 300-year-old violin worth an estimated six million was stolen is even more bizarre.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was walking to his car after a Jan. 27 performance when someone jumped out of a van, shocked him with a stun gun and snatched the rare Stradivarius violin.

The suspect got back into the van as an accomplice drove off.

Almond was not seriously hurt, but he was out of an extremely valuable violin on loan to him.

Milwaukee police say the investigation is ongoing for the violin made in 1715.

The violin was made by world renown violin maker Antonio Stradivari. Experts believe only 600 to 650 of his violins remain in existence.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra said that someone is offering a $100,000 reward for the violin's return.


(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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