Suspect In Wisconsin Violin Theft Pleads Not Guilty

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee man accused in last month's theft of a $5 million violin has pleaded not guilty.

Online court records say Salah (suh-LAH') Salahadyn (suh-LAH'-ha-deen) entered the plea Monday after waiving his preliminary hearing.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee man accused in last month's theft of a $5 million violin has pleaded not guilty.

Online court records say Salah (suh-LAH') Salahadyn (suh-LAH'-ha-deen) entered the plea Monday after waiving his preliminary hearing.

The 41-year-old is charged with being a party to robbery. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Public defender Alejandro Lockwood declined to comment afterward.

Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal K. Allah are both charged in the theft. A 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from a Milwaukee concertmaster in a stun-gun attack Jan. 27 but police recovered the instrument in good condition nine days later.

Salahadyn served five years for a previous conviction for art theft. Prosecutors say he'd been plotting for a while to steal a Stradivarius.

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2/17/2014 1:04:13 PM (GMT -8:00)charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Public defender Alejandro Lockwood declined to comment afterward.

Salahadyn and 36-year-old Universal K. Allah are both charged in the theft. A 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from a Milwaukee concertmaster in a stun-gun attack Jan. 27 but police recovered the instrument in good condition nine days later.

Salahadyn served five years for a previous conviction for art theft. Prosecutors say he'd been plotting for a while to steal a Stradivarius.


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