Mastermind Behind Theft of Stradivarius Sentenced to Prison

The case of the stolen Stradivarius, in which a renowned concert violinist was hit with a stun-gun shot in a Milwaukee parking lot, ended Monday with the alleged mastermind's being sentenced to prison. Salah Salahadyn, a 42-year-old ex-con who once tried to resell a stolen $25,000 statue back to the art gallery that owned it, must also serve five years extended supervision, the Associated Press reported.

The violin, estimated to be 300 years old, valued at $5 million and believed to be the only Stradivarius taken by force, was on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond. The robbery took place in January, as Almond left a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The instrument was recovered nine days later in a home whose owner claimed he knew nothing of it. An investigation led authorities to Salahadyn and his accomplice, Universal K. Allah, who was sentenced earlier this year to more than three years in prison.



— Jon Schuppe