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Violin Thief Facing the Music After Stealing from LA Philharmonic Member

Carlo Tononi Violin/ lapd photo
A $65,000 Carlo Tononi Violin/ lapd photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A California man is finally facing the music.

Anthony Eugene Notarstefana, 45, of Long Beach, who had been in custody in France since 2007, was returned to Los Angeles Friday to face federal charges that he stole violins  from a member of the L.A. Philharmonic and tried to sell them in France, according to authorities.

A criminal complaint charges that Notarstefano, who was already a convicted burglar,  in early 2007 transported the stolen violins from California to Amsterdam and then to Paris where he tried to sell them.

Authorities said the violins were stolen in Hollywood from the home of violinist Mark Kashper in Dec. 2006 . He is charged with stealing a Carlo Tononi violin valued at about $225,000, a Jean Baptise Vuillaume violin worth about $65,000 and a Tourte bow worth about $30,000.

While attempting to sell the violins, a French music merchant researched the items, discovered they were stolen and notified authorities.  Notarstefano was detained on charges in France and finally extradited this week, authorities said.

The instruments were returned to the owner, authorities said.

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