Police recover stolen Stradivarius violin, 2 men charged

CREATED Feb 6, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 7, 2014

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  • Universal Allah Image by Milwaukee Police Department

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UPDATE: Two men involved in the theft of a Stradivarius violin on Jan. 27, Salah Jones and Universal Allah,  have been charged with robbery, according to police reports.


MILWAUKEE - A Stradivarius violin snatched in a daring robbery is now in the hands of Milwaukee Police.

Police raided a home in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood Wednesday night. 

They found the violin valued at several million dollars stuffed in a suitcase in the attic of the home.

Chief Flynn said it was stashed there by one of the suspects, Salah Jones.

"It was a friend of his who owns the residence, it is also our understanding that the owner was unaware of the contents of the suitcase." Flynn said.

Detectives traced a second suspect, Universal Knowledge Allah to the stun gun used to shock concert master Frank Almond on the night of the attack.

Jones and Allah are expected to be charged Friday. 

It's not clear if a third suspect, a woman will face charges.