$100,000 reward offered for info on stolen Stradivarius violin

Frank Almond with 1715 Stradivarius violin

Frank Almond with 1715 Stradivarius violin

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A $100,000 reward is now being offered to anyone who can provide information which results in the safe return of the stolen 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius violin.

Tips or leads can be directed to the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360 or to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at 414-226-7838.

The Milwaukee Police Department are investigating the theft of the Stradivarius violin, which occurred on Monday, January 27th around 10:20 p.m. during an armed robbery of Frank Almond following a concert at the Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The Lipinski Stradivarius has been on indefinite loan to Almond from an anonymous owner, and was secured according to industry standard at the time of the robbery.

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3 comments

  • raymond roeglin

    isn’t it interesting that a orchestra that is 5 million dollars in debt would have a violin worth 6million stolen from someone who didn’t guard it?
    who in their right mind would take such a valuable instrument out in public

    • Deb Clemens

      The violin did not belong to the orchestra or to Frank Almond, the concertmaster. Orchestras do not own the instruments that are used by their musicians. It is not unusual for a musician to actually use a rare instrument and in the last sentence of the article it stated that the instrument was secured according to industry standards!

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