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300-year-old Stradivarius stolen: Violin thieved, victim shocked with stun gun

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A 300-year-old Stradivarius stolen from a concertmaster in Wisconsin this week has prompted a police investigation into the armed attack that resulted in the rare and historic violin being thieved. The armed robbery left the victim shocked with a stun gun while departing from a Wisconsin school showcase this Monday night. The Guardian reports this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, that the robbers no doubt knew what they were taking, as the “Lipinski” musical instrument is worth millions of dollars.

The 300-year-old Stradivarius stolen outside a Lutheran college was in the possession of a concertmaster hailing from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Prior to the armed robbery, the instrument was said to be temporarily loaned to musician Frank Almond, who suffered being shot with a stun gun out in the school’s parking lot. Few specifics from the assault have been disclosed by investigators at this time.

What is known in this emerging thievery case is that Almond was leaving after a performance at roughly 10:30 p.m. on Monday evening from Wisconsin Lutheran College. A police spokesman noted that the rare violin, an instrument known as the Lipinski and a 300-year-old Stradivarius, is worth no less than “seven figures,” amounting to millions of dollars. Although it remains unclear if other items were also stolen, authorities believe that the historic violin was the intended target for the crime.

According to the police report:

“As Frank Almond lay on the pavement, shocked with a stun gun, the daring robber fled to a nearby vehicle, described as a maroon or burgundy minivan driven by an accomplice, which then left the scene.”

As recently as late 2013, Almond was interviewed on the Lipinski instrument. He noted that the classical violin was treated with utmost care and could play "finicky" if exposed to too much humidity or altering temperatures.

The “Lipinski,” as the violin is commonly called by musical experts, was crafted back in 1715, and was being loaned to Almond by a set of undisclosed owners. The 300-year-old Stradivarius stolen case is continuing to be examined by officials, though no details have been made public yet on that front. Other instruments of similar prestige have recently sold at nationwide auctions for no less than $3.5 million, suggesting their immense value.

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