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Milwaukee Police: Valuable Stradivarius violin recovered

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The owner of the 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen in a robbery last week will get the instrument back before the day is over.

That's what Milwaukee Police said Thursday afternoon, when they confirmed they recovered the rare instrument. Chief Ed Flynn said the violin was found in a suitcase hidden in the attic of a Milwaukee home.

Milwaukee Symphony president Mark Niehaus said it appeared to be in good condition. He said officers got a number of tips about the missing violin -- and Taser International provided information about the stun gun used in the January 27th robbery.

Three people were still in police custody Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors expect to file charges Friday against a 32-year-old woman and two men, ages 36 and 42.

Police said Salah Jones was the main suspect. He's been linked to the theft of an expensive statue in Milwaukee in 1995.

Mayor Tom Barrett called it a "wonderful day," and he said the FBI worked closely with city police in what he called a "model of cooperation."

Police were still looking for the getaway van from the holdup. Officials say virtuoso Frank Arnold had just performed a concert with the rare violin when he was walking to his car -- was shot by a stun gun -- and the thief rode away.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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