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Man arrested for stealing $100,000 violin at O’Hare

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The Chicago Police Department has arrested 52-year old  Volodymyr Babiy after surveillance video allegedly caught him stealing a Remenyi Mihaly 1873 violin valued at $100,000.

 

According to police, Babiy works for a company contracted by O’Hare.  The incident took place last Saturday.

 

Babiy, who lives in the 5800 Block of West School Street, has been charged with felony theft.

 

The 56-year old owner of the violin could not be reached for comment.

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5 comments

  • Esco

    Cameras are everywhere at airports, pretty foolish stealing anything there. It should've been obvious to him especially these days.

  • violagirl

    Something does not add up here, Maestro Remenyi was born in 1867 so at the tender age of 7 somehow he could not make any violin, Also, a Remenyi violin is only worth 8-9,000 dollars,in top notch shape, not 100k.
    The Remenyi violin was a mere copycat for Stradivarius. Claiming 100K for a beaten up piece of crap is way too suspicious to me.

  • violagirl

    Some things do not add up here,
    Maestro Remenyi was born in 1867, so at the tender age of 7 somehow he could not have made any violin, Also, a Remenyi violin is only worth 8-9,000 dollars,in top notch shape, not 100k.
    The Remenyi violin was a mere copycat for Stradivarius. Claiming 100K for a beaten up piece of crap is way too suspicious to me. I smell a set up and insurance fraud.
    This guy barely speaks English yet he has a great knowledge of classical miusic and rare, almost unknown classical instruments. I don't think so…