Written by Laurie Niles
Published: February 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM [UTC]
The violin, which was found in the home of one of the three suspects arrested yesterday, is reported to be in "perfect condition." Experts are in the process of confirming whether this is indeed the stolen Strad, and the Milwaukee Police department will hold a press conference at noon (Central Time) to release their findings.
Yesterday, three suspects were arrested in connection with the crime: two men, 36 and 41, and a woman, 32.
Update: The violin was found on the east side of Milwaukee after police were tipped off about its whereabouts by one of the suspects. It is being kept at Milwaukee Police headquarters, according to TMJ4 in Milwaukee
The accused will face more than just theft charges. Criminal misuse of tasers is felony assault. Our instructors couldn't emphasize the point enough during class: These are to be used as DE-fensive weapons only.
Social prejudice might incline people to talk about this as an "offensive weapon" and that as a "defensive weapon", but they're weapons and the delineation between offensive and defensive weapons only exists to comfort the flatlanders.
Also interesting to read that the thief threw away the case during the getaway. My guess is that he thought the case might contain a GPS tracking device.
Technology certainly played a part in this crime.
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