Milwaukee Police have recovered the "Ex-Lipiński" Stradivarius stolen from Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a source from the Milwaukee Police Department confirmed today.
Milwaukee County prosecutors say that three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of the "Ex-Lipiński" Stradivarius violin, FoxNews.com reported earlier today. Two men, ages 36 and 41, and a 32-year-old woman were arrested by Milwaukee police on the morning of February 3. All three suspects are Milwaukee-area residents.
The owner of the "Ex-Lipiński" Stradivarius violin that was stolen from violinist Frank Almond last week has issued a statement about the theft. Far from expressing anger, she expresses concern for Almond and devastation that the theft occurred, saying to Almond, "First, I’m so happy that you are safe."
Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, reported the theft of his "ex-Lipinski" Stradivarius violin on January 27, as he was walking back to his car after a concert. The violin, worth an estimated $6 million, was on loan to him from an anonymous benefactor.
Ever noticed how things go in seasons? Awards season, concerts announcement season, and right now it's financial results season (as well as end-of-year review season and nearly next-year-preview season).