In Tuesday’s (7/28) Press Telegram (Long Beach, California), Tracy Manzer writes, “A 45-year-old Long Beach man who was imprisoned for two years in Paris pleaded not guilty to a federal charge Monday of trying to sell rare instruments stolen from a Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist. … The indictment alleges [Anthony Eugene] Notarstefano traveled from Los Angeles to Europe to sell stolen violins in 2007. Prosecutors allege he took the rare instruments from Los Angeles to Amsterdam, then to Paris, where he tried to sell them at various music stores. Eimiller said the violins were stolen in Hollywood from the home of violinist Mark Kashper, whose residence was burglarized in December of 2006. Stolen in the burglary was a Carlo Tononi violin, which is owned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and valued at about $225,000; a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin, valued at $65,000; a Tourte bow valued at $30,000, and several other items, Eimiller said.”

Posted July 28, 2009