What could be worse? You stop for a quick sandwich and your Stradivarius violin is stolen right out from under your feet! That’s exactly what happened to violinist Min-Jin Kym in 2010. She stopped for a quick bite while at a train station in the U.K., and a thief, working with two accomplices who provided distration, stole the 300-year-old instrument.
John Maughan was arrested and convicted of the theft after attempting to sell the violin — which Kym paid nearly $1.2 million for — for $150. He was jailed in 2011, but the Strad was never found. Then, last week it was found, along with two violin bows worth more than $100,000.