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$100K reward for stolen Stradivarius violin

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A $100,000 reward is being offered by an anonymous source for the safe return of a nearly 300-year-old Stradivarius violin stolen from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

An anonymous donor had loaned the violin to Frank Almond. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said the robber used a stun gun on Almond before taking the violin in a parking lot at Wisconsin Lutheran College Monday night. Almond had been at a performance earlier in the evening.

The reward is for any information leading to the safe return of the instrument.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's President and Executive Director Mark Niehaus says the organization is hopeful the reward will lead to the violin's recovery.

Milwaukee police are investigating the robbery and haven't made any arrests.

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