*Stradivarius Stolen in London Linked to Bulgarian Roma Boss
A £1.2MILLION violin nicked from a London cafe in 2010 has turned up in a police sting on a gypsy boss in Bulgaria.
The Stradivarius, in its case, was stolen from virtuoso Min-Jin Kym, 30, as she bought a £2.95 sarnie at Euston Rail Station.
Kym, who plays with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, referred to the instrument as "my life".
The thief, an Irish traveller, tried to sell it for £100 and refused to say where it had gone when he was finally arrested.
Cops believed the instrument — made in 1698 by Italian master Antonio Stradivari — had been spirited abroad. The trail led to gypsy mafia boss Hristo Varbanov in Sofia.
He was arrested after trying to sell the violin to undercover cops for around £250,000.
*The title has been changed by Novinite.com
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