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Violin found

Feb. 7: A Stradivarius violin stolen last month from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been recovered seemingly unharmed, the authorities in Milwaukee announced yesterday.

The rare instrument, which dates from 1715 and has been valued at $5 million, was recovered on Wednesday night, after the police searched a residence in Milwaukee, led there by one of three suspects recently arrested in the case, Edward A. Flynn, the Milwaukee chief of police, said at a news conference. Officers found the violin in a suitcase in an attic. Chief Flynn described the home as owned by a friend of a suspect.

“This is just one more unbelievable chapter in that violin’s life,” said Frank Almond, the concertmaster, expressing gratitude for the work of law enforcement officials.

Known as the Lipinski Strad, after one of its early owners, the violin was stolen from Almond as he left a chamber concert performance on January 27. As he reached his car, someone attacked him with a stun gun and grabbed the instrument, driving off in a minivan as Almond screamed out: “They got the violin! They got the violin!”

 
 
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