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Saturday 19 April 2014

Stolen Stradivarius violin found

A valuable violin stolen from a musician in the US has been recovered

The rare multimillion-pound Stradivarius violin stolen last month in the US state of Wisconsin has been recovered, police said today.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said the violin was recovered from a suitcase in the attic of a Milwaukee residence overnight.

The violin appears to be in good condition, he said.

Citizen tips to police and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and information about the stun gun used in the theft led to the arrests of three people, Mr Flynn said.

Prosecutors said that three people have been arrested in connection with the theft. Two men, ages 41 and 36, and a 32-year-old woman, are in custody.

Mr Flynn said one of the suspects has a previous art theft conviction.

"It appears we had a local criminal who had an interest in art theft and was smart enough to develop a plan for a robbery," the chief said. "Beyond that, we don't know what his motive was."

The instrument was taken from the orchestra's concertmaster, Frank Almond, in a brazen attack outside Wisconsin Lutheran College on January 27.

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

The violin was crafted in 1715 and has been appraised for insurance purposes at £3 million.

AP

Press Association

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