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Violin thought to be stolen Stradivarius recovered

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Updated: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:15:02 EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police say they have recovered a violin that could be the rare Stradivarius stolen from a concertmaster following a performance last month at a Milwaukee college.

Milwaukee Police Lt. Jeffrey Norman said Thursday that experts will be contacted to confirm the authenticity of the violin.

Authorities are holding three suspects in the Jan. 27 theft of the historic violin, crafted in 1715 and appraised for insurance purposes at $5 million.

Two men, ages 41 and 36, and a 32-year-old woman, are in custody.

Concertmaster Frank Almond was walking to his car following a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College when someone jumped out of a van, shocked him with a stun gun and seized the Stradivarius on loan to him. The robber got back into the waiting vehicle, which sped off.

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