MILWAUKEE, WI (WISN/CNN) - Two brazen armed robbers stole a violin worth an estimated $6 million.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is so proud of its principal violinist and his 400-year-old Stradivarius, it posted press releases and promotional videos on its website.
According to the orchestra, the owner lent the legendary violin to Frank Almond, who recorded a chart-topping album playing the instrument.
Monday night, Almond and his Stradivarius performed at the Frankly Music Series at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Police said as Almond walked out of the concert, he noticed another vehicle backed in next to his. Soon, two suspects jumped from that car and hit him with a Taser. He dropped the violin, and they took off with it.
Wisconsin Lutheran student Thadius Atkisson worked Monday night's concert.
"[When] they told me, I honestly said, ‘On our campus? Really?'" he said. "They must have been waiting for him because that doesn't sound like a random act to me."
Police believe it was a targeted crime. An FBI team that specializes in high-end art theft is assisting Milwaukee police. Interpol has also been notified.
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