The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken in an armed robbery last month was found overnight on Milwaukee’s east side and is said to be in good condition, says WTMJ-TV, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentenil. Police Chief Edward Flynn had said yesterday there was a “good chance” the violin still was in Milwaukee. Police arrested three suspects.
The violin, crafted in 1715 and known as the Lipinski Strad after a former owner, was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond in an armed robbery after a concert Jan. 27. A $100,000 reward was offered for information that resulted in the safe return of the instrument, which may have induced tipsters to provide information that led to the three arrests. WTMJ-TV reported today that one of the suspects led police to the violin.