Police Recover Stolen Stradivarius Stashed in a Milwaukee Attic

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Feb. 6 2014 3:22 PM

Police Recover Stolen Stradivarius Stashed in a Milwaukee Attic

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A Stradivarus, much like the one stolen in Milwaukee last week, on display in Oxford, England.

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The case of a stolen Stradivarius came to a close earlier this week when police recovered the 300-year-old violin from a Milwaukee attic in good condition. The instrument, worth an estimated $5 million, was taken from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond following a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College late last month.

For those in need of a refresher, here's how the three thieves, who have since been arrested, allegedly pulled off the high-profile heist with the help of a Taser, via ABC News

Almond was walking to his car in the parking lot after a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, according to a police report, when Almond was assaulted with a stun gun at about 10:20 p.m. on Monday. The shock caused Almond to drop the violin he was carrying and the suspect took it and jumped into car driven by an accomplice, police said.
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According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, police were able to track down the alleged robbers with the help of tips from the local community and some information from stun gun-maker Taser International, which was able to provide details about the specific weapon used in the robbery. After the suspects—two men and a woman—were arrested, one apparently told police where the violin had been stashed. No word yet if any of the tipsters will get the $100,000 that was being offered for information that lead to the recovery of the instrument.

Kelly Tunney is a Slate intern in New York City.

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