Milwaukee and Wauwatosa police are investigating what could be the most valuable heist in Milwaukee’s history — the armed robbery of a violin that is nearly three centuries old.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says just before 10:30 p.m. on Monday, January 27th, two armed suspects, a man and a woman, approached concertmaster violinist Frank Almond of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra who had just performed at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Bluemound Rd.
Flynn says as Almond walked outside in a parking lot after the concert, the suspects approached Almond. They used a taser on Almond, causing him to drop the violin and fall to the ground. The suspects then stole the 1715 Stradivarius violin, also known as a “Lipinski” Stradivarius, valued at approximately $6 million.
The suspects then fled in a waiting minivan. It’s described as a late 1980s or early ’90s maroon Chrysler or Dodge minivan.
Chief Flynn says this was targeted crime. He says the violin is valuable, but only to a very small population. “This is not something that can be easily sold for even a fraction of its monetary value,” said Flynn. “This is art theft.”
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Attention: Olivier Doise vient de se faire voler à son domicile en région parisienne son Hautbois Marigaux 901 dans la nuit du 30 sept au 1er octobre #37550. Merci de vos éventuelles infos !
Please pay attention : Olivier Doise just got his oboe stolen at home during the night of Sept. 30th, in the Paris area. The oboe is a 901 #37550. Thank you for your concern and possible feed-back.
Alto Sax – Yamaha Custom – YAS875 EX – Japón – C58754
Bass Clarinet – Yamaha – 221 – 022002
English Horn – Loreè – Royal – París – UU96
Oboe – Loreé – París -JT60
Contact: lis_rigoni@hotmail [dot] com
On July 29, 2012, my oboe (Fox Model 450, Serial Number 20094) got stolen from the back of a car in Saratoga Springs, New York where I had traveled to perform with a friend and his band. I’ve owned the oboe for 10 years and this past spring even had it completely overhauled for a factory refurbish. Essentially, it was a brand new oboe, yet one that I had a decade of experience and musical personality with.
Any information about its whereabouts may be shared with the Saratoga Springs Police Department at 518-584-1800, or any other local law enforcement agency.
Oh boy, would I love to just get back on with my life as usual. Seeing that back would make my… day, year, well… life, and give me confidence about humanity.
Until then, without knowing if it will ever return, whether my eyes will ever see it again, those same eyes shed tears still believing that they are watering the seeds of hope that may one day become the flower that is the universal goodness of people.
If my oboe is returned to me, I will let you know that the garden of my soul is lush again.
I miss you, Fox 450, serial number 20094.
Never leave an instrument in a car unattended.
Insure your instrument for replacement value.
(Moving this to the top of the blog, in case someone missed it.)
Please keet your eyes open for this oboe:
I’m writing this comment to try to get the word out that my 1968 Cabart was stolen from my home on Christmas. I don’t want the criminal(s) to profit from the crime, so I’d like to just make sure anyone that might be trying to buy an Oboe doesn’t purchase one that is stolen. The serial number is 9J-30, and it has a small crack in the upper piece under the keys near the joint to the lower piece. Thank you for your help! -Myra in San Antonio, TX
If you have any information on this email Myra at mpila [at] att [dot] net … thanks!
Myra … SO sorry this happened to you.
[Posted earlier but now placed at the top of blog entries because a "dimpled" photo has been added!]
This was in a paper on September 29, so perhaps it’s even been located by now … but I never thought about an aerodynamic oboe … mostly because I rarely think!
He said: “There are only three other oboes like it in the world. It may sound strange but my instrument is customised to the way I play, so while I will play, I’ll have to borrow one and have only a week to adjust to it.”
The oboe, constructed by specialist craftsman Yanko Petrov, who runs Sound Alchemy in Thornton Heath, has a distinctive specially-designed bell.
It was in a light brown wooden box with a silver reed box engraved with the name “Dom” inside.
Mr Kelly, 37, said: “The bell is very distinctive. The inside is dimpled like a golf ball to make it more aerodynamic and improve the air flow.”
Keep your eyes open for this:
POR FAVOR DIFUNDIR !!!!!!!!!!!
Ayer 16 de julio por la noche en Salta, Argentina, le robaron a MARCELO MERCADO , el oboe Green Line (número de serie G11755).
Cualquier información, por favor contactarse con mercadomarcelo [at] hotmail [dot] com
Muchas Gracias !!
From a friend of mine, Beth Zare:
Don’t know if blogging about this here will help an oboist in Seattle:
For my musician friends, please read:
For my musician friends, a friend had her house burgled this weekend, and oboes and an english horn were stolen. Please keep you ear open. Details are: Loree Oboe CS 69, Loree Oboe PI 88, Rigoutat Riec English horn (don’t know the serial number yet–it wa…s my daughter’s). It’s possible someone in your or your acquaintances’ circle will be approached with this stuff. They also got reed tools, tuner, and the Renton Community Concert Band folder along with the South Cove Quintet folder.
If I get any more information I’ll be sure and update this!