Suspects in Milwaukee $5M violin theft out of jail

Universal Allah and Salah Salahadyn (Milwaukee Police Dept.)
Universal Allah and Salah Salahadyn (Milwaukee Police Dept.)

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The two suspects accused in last month’s theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin are out of jail.

Online court records Tuesday said a $10,000 cash bond was posted for 41-year-old Salah Salahadyn and a $500 cash bond for Universal Allah.

In this undated photo provided by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is the 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen from MSO concertmaster Frank Almond. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
In this undated photo provided by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is the 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen from MSO concertmaster Frank Almond. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)

Both men were charged last week with being a party to robbery. A court commissioner imposed the higher bond on Salahadyn because he has a lengthy criminal record that includes art theft.

Prosecutors say Allah provided the stun gun used to attack and rob violin virtuoso Frank Almond. The criminal complaint says Salahadyn had been plotting to steal a Stradivarius.

Allah’s defense attorney, Paul Ksicinski notes the complaint says his client wasn’t at the robbery scene.

Salahadyn’s public defender, Alejandro Lockwood, did not immediately return a message Tuesday.

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