Jan 29, 2014
By Scott Walker
Police in Milwaukee are investigating a crime that impacts more than just the victim.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was mugged just after a performance Monday night. The thiefs hit him with a stun gun, grabbed his violin, and fled in a waiting van.
And it wasn’t just any fiddle. The 300-year-old Lipinsky Stradavarius was last sold at auction for $3.5-million. It was crafted in 1715 and was on indefinite loan to the orchestra by its anonymous owners.
Police Chief Ed Flynn says, “the artistic heritage of Milwaukee was assaulted and robbed.”
Police are searching everywhere from pawn shops to international databases. The FBI art crimes division has been brought in.
Meanwhile, concertmaster Frank Almond is recovering from the attack and won’t perform for a few days.
You can watch a five-minute video on the Lipinsky Stradavarius here.