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Charges filed against two Milwaukee men in violin theft

Universal Allah and Salah Jones (Photo from: Milwaukee Police Department).
Universal Allah and Salah Jones (Photo from: Milwaukee Police Department).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Two Milwaukee men were charged Friday in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin.

41-year-old Salah Jones and 36-year-old Universal Allah were due in court Friday afternoon on charges of being a party to robbery. Allah was also charged with possessing marijuana.

The alleged getaway driver, a 32-year-old woman, has not been charged as of early afternoon.

Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond had just performed a concert with the 300-year-old Stradivarius on January 27th when he was robbed while heading to his car. Police said he was shot with a stun gun just before the robbers drove away.

Officials said they used unique traces from the weapon to help find the suspects -- and they also got a tip from an acquaintance of Allah's.

Jones was considered the main suspect in the theft. He was also linked to the theft of a $25,000 statue in Milwaukee 19 years ago. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)