Reward of $127,000 offered for return of stolen Stradivarius violin
MILWAUKEE (REUTERS) - An anonymous donor on Friday offered to pay a US$100,000 (S$127,000) reward for information leading to the safe return of a Stradivarius worth millions of dollars stolen from a Wisconsin concert violinist, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra said.
The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun after he had completed a performance with the instrument in suburban Milwaukee.
"We are hopeful that this reward will aid in the recovery of this priceless treasure so that it may be enjoyed by Milwaukee's cultural community and the international arts world for years to come," Mr Mark Niehaus, the orchestra's president and executive director, said in a statement.
The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is offering the US$100,000 to anyone who can provide information that results in the safe return of the stolen Stradivarius, an orchestra spokeswoman said.