2 Wisconsin men charged in theft of $5M violin

A $5 million Stradivarius violin is displayed at the Milwaukee Police Department Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Milwaukee, a day after police recovered the instrument stolen on Jan. 27 from a concertmaster in a parking lot by a person wielding a stun gun. Police say the violin appears to be in good condition, and a Milwaukee County prosecutor said he planned to charge at least one suspect with felony robbery. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

February 7, 2014 12:55:06 PM PST
Two men suspected in last month's heist of a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee have been criminally charged.

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

Court Commissioner Katharine Kucharski ordered Allah held on $500 cash bail, noting his lack of a criminal record.

The criminal complaint says Allah's stun gun was used in the attack. Allah's defense attorney, Paul Ksicinski, says according to the complaint his client wasn't at the scene of the attack.

Salahadyn hasn't appeared in court yet. Online court records don't list a defense attorney for him.

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.