Police: Valuable violins stolen from Georgia shop, then re-sold in North Carolina

Police outside Atlanta have recovered tens of thousands of dollars in musical instruments during the search of a hotel room.

The discovery Wednesday at the Studio 6 hotel in Roswell comes after an urgent bulletin the Violin Society of America sent to its members nationwide, warning of violins being stolen across the South.

Roswell police Officer Lisa Holland says the suspects in the case had sold violins to a store in Raleigh, North Carolina, in recent months until the owner became suspicious. He began to research the violins, which are hand-crafted and have unique characteristics, and determined they were stolen from a Roswell store, which he contacted.

Holland says two men were apprehended Wednesday and the hotel room searched after one of the suspects showed up at the Roswell store seeking violin cases.