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UPDATE: Charges filed in case of stolen Stradivarius

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Two Wisconsin men have been criminally charged in the theft of a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee. Both 41-year-old Salah Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal Knowledge Allah are charged with party to robbery. Allah is also charged with possession of marijuana. A woman who was arrested with the two had been released earlier and was not charged Friday.

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

The 300-year-old violin is valued at more than $5 million. It was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond in January after a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Felony robbery charges are expected to be filed today against the suspect accused of electrocuting a Milwaukee concertmaster with a stun gun last week and robbing him of a $6 million violin.

District attorney John Chisholm declined to say whether the two other suspects arrested in this case will also be charged.

The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin was stolen on Jan 27th, and it was recovered late Wednesday night after an investigation lead authorities to an attic of a Milwaukee home. Police located the violin in a suitcase, and say that is appears to be in good condition.

One of the suspects in this case has a previous conviction of stealing a $25,000 statue from a Milwaukee art gallery.


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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Early Thursday morning investigators in Milwaukee announced they have recovered a $6 million stolen violin.  

The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in late January.

Police have not said yet where the violin was found or commented on its condition.

Meanwhile, three people are behind bars awaiting formal charges in connection with a theft officers have called brazen.  Prosecutors are currently weighing charges for the two men, ages 36 and 41, and 32-year-old woman.

According to police, they were arrested Monday at Milwaukee homes.

The theft happened after a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College.  Officials say concertmaster Frank Almond was leaving the venue, when the robber tased him.  Almond dropped the violin and the thief fled in an older model minivan.

The historic violin was made in 1715.  Milwaukee Police plan to release more information at a press conference at 1 p.m. today.


Stay with 27 news for the latest on this developing story as it becomes available.

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