Experts: Selling stolen rare violin difficult

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Experts say whoever stole a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee would have a hard time selling it.

The rare violin was on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond. The robber used a stun gun on Almond and took the instrument from him Monday night in a parking lot behind Wisconsin Lutheran College, where Almond had just preformed

A retired FBI expert tells the Journal Sentinel he expects the motive is similar to that of high-end art thefts.

Robert K. Wittman says such thefts are not about possessing an antique -- the goal is getting paid by someone to take it or trying to sell it.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has said the violin is valued in the "high seven figures."

Police and the FBI are investigating.


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