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Accused violin thief extradited

July 18, 2009|Margot Roosevelt

A "career criminal" accused of stealing two violins from the home of a Los Angeles Philharmonic musician was extradited from France on Friday to face federal charges after trying to sell the instruments to Parisian shops, the FBI said.

Anthony Eugene Notarstefano, 45, of Long Beach has been in French custody since 2007, when he was arrested after a Rue de Rome merchant, suspecting theft, checked the Internet and alerted police.

Notarstefano, who contested his extradition, was indicted in 2007 for possession and foreign transportation of stolen goods.

He is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

-- Margot Roosevelt

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