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Stolen Stradivarius violin authenticated; 2 charged in Wisconsin

Friday, February 07, 2014

The mysterious case of a stolen Stradivarius violin found in a Milwaukee attic leads to charges in Wisconsin. Salah Salahadyn, 41, and Universal Knowledge Allah, 36, are both charged with party to robbery.

PHOTOS: Stolen Stradivarius violin

The men are suspected in the heist of a rare Stradivarius violin worth $5 million in Milwaukee. They were arrested earlier this week with a woman, who has yet to be charged.

The 300-year-old violin was taken from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond in January. He was attacked with a stun gun as he left a performance.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said the violin was found in a suitcase in the attic of a home. They said it appears to be in good condition.

The violin was on loan from Stefan Hersh, who has confirmed the authenticity of the one police recovered.

Allah is also charged with marijuana possession.

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