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300-year-old Stradivarius stolen: Thieves use stun gun on violinist after show

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A 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from a violinist in Milwaukee, and the details are stunning. NBC News shared the latest on Jan. 28.

The violin is said to be worth millions of dollars, and it was taken from a concert violinist after a performance in Wauwatosa outside Milwaukee Monday night. The thieves used a stun gun on the violinist to steal the 300-year-old Stradivarius. The instrument was on loan to the violinist.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn points out that the 300-year-old Stradivarius stolen is worth somewhere between $5 million to $10 million, but it is not the kind of item that can easily be sold. There are about 600 instruments made by Antonio Stradivari that are still out there, and this is not the first to be stolen from a violinist. A similar instrument was taken from Min-Jin Kym in 2010 and it was found several years later.

The thieves of the stolen 300-year-old Stradivarius, the Lipinski Stradivarius, were seen leaving the area in a minivan. Few other details about the people involved have been released as of yet. Given the value of the instrument, authorities will surely be releasing more information as the investigation continues.

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