How does one sell a stolen Stradivarius? Unless you play violin, why steal one of these? Aren't they all registered/authenticated?
Every Stradivarius ever made... is accounted for. The one now "missing" is called the "Lipinski violin". Although is isn't uncommon to transport valuables without formal armed transport..... I find it hard to believe Mr. Almond was expected to act as his own "gray man". He doesn't own... but has played this violin publicly for sometime.
I would have expected the violin to be transported by an off duty police officer.