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$100,000 reward offered for help finding stolen Stradivarius

By Geoff Ziezulewicz

Tribune reporter

6:33 PM CST, January 31, 2014

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading the safe return of a stolen 300-year-old Stradivarius violin.

The violin was stolen Monday night from orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond following a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College, according to orchestra officials.

Anyone with tips or leads on the stolen Stradivarius can call the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360 or the orchestra at 414-226-7838.

Almond, a Northwestern University music lecturer, was attacked with a stun gun and robbed of the instrument at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said the violin, which was crafted in Italy in 1715, was valued in the “high seven figures.”

It was on indefinite loan  to Almond from an anonymous owner, and was secured according to industry standard at the time of the robbery.

“We are hopeful that this reward will aid in the recovery of this priceless treasure so that it may be enjoyed by Milwaukee’s cultural community and the international arts world for years to come,” orchestra president Mark Niehaus said in a statement announcing the reward.

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