28. January 2014 · Comments Off on “Lipinski” Stradivarius Robbery · Categories: Stolen Instrument

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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