2 Wis. men charged in theft of $5M violin

A $5 million Stradivarius violin is displayed at the Milwaukee Police Department Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Milwaukee, a day after police recovered the instrument stolen on Jan. 27 from a concertmaster in a parking lot by a person wielding a stun gun. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two men suspected in last month’s heist of a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee have been criminally charged.

Forty-one-year-old Salah Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal Knowledge Allah were each charged Friday with party to robbery. Salahadyn was previously identified as Salah Jones.

Court Commissioner Katharine Kucharski ordered Allah held on $500 cash bail, noting his lack of a criminal record.

The criminal complaint says Allah’s stun gun was used in the attack. Allah’s defense attorney, Paul Ksicinski (cha-CHIN’-skee), says according to the complaint his client wasn’t at the scene of the attack.

Salahadyn hasn’t appeared in court yet. Online court records don’t list a defense attorney for him.

The 300-year-old violin is valued at $5 million. It was stolen in a January attack and recovered Wednesday night in apparently good condition.


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