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

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Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 9:05 PM

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

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

Court Commissioner Katharine Kucharski ordered cash bail of $10,000 for Salahadyn and $500 for Allah. She noted Salahadyn's lengthy criminal record, including bail jumping, and Allah's clean record.

The criminal complaint says Allah's stun gun was used in the attack. Allah's defense attorney, Paul Ksicinski (chuh-CHIN'-skee), says according to the complaint his client wasn't present during the robbery.

Salahadyn's public defender, Alejandro Lockwood, left the hearing without talking to reporters.

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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