Stolen Stradivarius violin found, 3 suspects arrested

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MILWAUKEE, WI – A lecturer at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music is hearing one sweet tune. Frank Almond’s stolen violin has been found. The violin was taken from Almond after a concert at the Wisconsin Lutheran College. Two suspects tased him and made off with it.

Now you might be thinking that it’s not really a big deal that a measly violin got stolen, but this was no ordinary one. It’s 300 years old and valued at $5 million.

A full-on search ensued and with the help of numerous agencies, police arrested three suspects — two men and a woman. In one of their homes, the violin.

“It was a model of cooperation with the FBI working closely with the police department. Ultimately the police department and the District Attorney’s office were able to utilize information that they received,” said Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett.

The even better news is that police say the violin appears to have been found in good condition. At $5 million, that’s probably a huge sigh of relief.