Milwaukee man pleads guilty in theft of violin

CREATED May 28, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man charged with helping steal a rare violin was back in court Wednesday.
 
"What is your plea to count one, robbery as a party to a crime, before this court?" the judge said.
 
"Guilty, Your Honor," said Universal Allah.  
 
After the brief court appearance, Allah didn't leave. Instead, he sat inside for two hours looking over court documents and pacing back and forth.
 
Finally he walked out. But he wasn't talking.  
 
We asked him if he was sorry for what he did. He ignored the question.  
 
Back in January, a 1715 Stradivarius violin was stolen from concertmaster Frank Almond during a daring robbery.
 
Police said  Universal Allah and Sallah Jones were behind the theft.
 
According to the criminal complaint, Almond had just finished a performance at a concert and was putting the violin in his vehicle. He was approached by a man who tased him. Almond fell to the ground. When he got up, the rare violin was gone.  
 
We asked if Allah had anything to say to Frank Almond. Again, he ignored our question.  
 
Luckily, after 9 days, the multi-million dollar violin was found. Apparently Jones had stored it in someone's attic.. Allah will be back in court for sentencing in July.