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Recovered violin confirmed as stolen Stradivarius

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT
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In this undated photo provided by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is the 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen from MSO concertmaster Frank Almond. Police said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of the multi-million-dollar instrument that was on loan to Almond. Authorities say a robber used a stun gun on Almond and took the instrument from him in a parking lot. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
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In this 2009 photo provided by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is concertmaster Frank Almond. Police said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of a multi-million-dollar, 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was on loan to him. Authorities say a robber used a stun gun on Almond and took the instrument from him in a parking lot. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)

MILWAUKEE – The rare multimillion dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month in Wisconsin has been recovered, police said Thursday.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said the violin was recovered from a suitcase in the attic of a Milwaukee residence overnight Wednesday.

The violin appears to be in good condition, he said.

Citizen tips to police and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and information about the stun gun used in the theft led to the arrests of three people, Flynn said.

Prosecutors said that three people have been arrested in connection with the theft. Two men, ages 41 and 36, and a 32-year-old woman, are in custody.

Flynn said one of the suspects has a previous art theft conviction.

"It appears we had a local criminal who had an interest in art theft and was smart enough to develop a plan for a robbery," the chief said. "Beyond that, we don't know what his motive was."

The instrument was taken from the orchestra's concertmaster, Frank Almond, in a brazen attack outside Wisconsin Lutheran College on Jan. 27.

Almond was walking to his car after a performance at the college when someone jumped out of a van, shocked him with a stun gun and seized the Stradivarius, which was on loan to him. The robber got back into the waiting vehicle, which sped off.

The violin was crafted in 1715 and has been appraised for insurance purposes at $5 million.

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