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NEW INFORMATION: 2 Wis. men charged in theft of $5M violin

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two men suspected in last month's heist of a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee have been criminally charged.

Forty-one-year-old Salah Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal Knowledge Allah were each charged Friday with party to robbery. Salahadyn was previously identified as Salah Jones.

Court Commissioner Katharine Kucharski ordered Allah held on $500 cash bail, noting his lack of a criminal record.

The criminal complaint says Allah's stun gun was used in the attack. Allah's defense attorney, Paul Ksicinski, says according to the complaint his client wasn't at the scene of the attack.

Salahadyn hasn't appeared in court yet. Online court records don't list a defense attorney for him.

The 300-year-old violin is valued at $5 million. It was stolen in a January attack and recovered Wednesday night in apparently good condition.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two men suspected in the heist of a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee have been criminally charged.

Forty-one-year-old Salah Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal Knowledge Allah are each charged with party to robbery. Salahadyn was previously identified as Salah Jones.

Allah is also charged with possessing marijuana.

The two men do not have attorneys listed in online court records.

A woman who was arrested with the two and previously released was not charged Friday.

The 300-year-old violin, valued at $5 million, was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond after a January performance at a Wisconsin college.

Police found the rare instrument late Wednesday night in a suitcase in the attic of a Milwaukee home. They say it appears to be in good condition.


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