Stradivarius copy from the 1700s (Creative Commons / Doug Miller)
MILWAUKEE (KMSP) -
The FBI art crimes team and INTERPOL are investigating the theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin used during a Monday night performance in Milwaukee.
The Lipinski Stradivarius was on loan to Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond, who performed with it at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said the robber used a stun gun on Almond in the parking lot after the performance, stealing the violin and fleeing to a waiting minivan as Almond lay incapacitated on the pavement.
"The artistic heritage of Milwaukee was assaulted and robbed last night," Flynn said Tuesday.
The violin is considered priceless, but a 2008 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article valued the instrument at up to $3.6 million.