This police booking photo released by Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office shows Salah Jones, 41, of Milwaukee. Jones and two others have been arrested in the case of a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen late last month from a concert violinist who was shocked with a stun gun. Jones was convicted of stealing a $25,000 statue from a gallery at Milwaukee’s posh Pfister Hotel in 1995. (AP Photo/Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office)
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The mystery of what happened to a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen in a stun gun attack was answered Thursday when Milwaukee police recovered the instrument and blamed the heist at least in part on an art thief who once stole a statue from a gallery and then tried to sell it back.
The violin, which was built in 1715 by the renowned Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari, is valued at $5 million. It was found hidden in a suitcase in the attic of a man who police said was unaware the instrument was in his home.
Three people have been arrested in the case, and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said there was no evidence of other “shadowy” figures from the art world behind the theft.
“It appears we had a local criminal who had an interest in art theft and was smart Login to read more