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Stradivarius still missing after US police nab thieves

Published on Feb 6, 2014 8:14 AM

CHICAGO (AFP) - A "priceless" Stradivarius violin remained missing on Wednesday after United States police nabbed three thieves who attacked the concert master of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as he was leaving a performance last week.

Police said they believe the armed robbery was a "theft of opportunity" and that the thieves were not part of a crime ring.

"At this point we don't have any indication that they were working for anyone but themselves," Milwaukee police chief Edward Flynn told reporters.

Around 600 violins made by Italian master craftsman Antonio Stradivari are still in existence and they are prized for their incredible - and inimitable - sound.

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