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Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:19

Manhunt underway for suspect in gun shop burglary

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JANESVILLE – Schools in southern Wisconsin are under heightened security this morning as authorities look for a man who burglarized a gun shop Wednesday evening.

Schools in Janesville, Milton, Edgerton, Fort Atkinson and Delavan-Darien have gone on soft, or general lockdowns, meaning their buildings are locked but classes will continue as normal.

0403 suspectThe Armageddon Gun Shop on U.S. Highway 14 in Janesville was burglarized Wednesday evening, April 5, 2017, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s office.

A large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen and the suspect fled the scene.

At 9:07 p.m., a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane, a short distance away, according to the news release.

 At that scene was evidence of arson and it appears that the burglary and vehicle arson events are connected.

The registered owner of the vehicle involved in the fire is Joseph A. Jakubowski , 32, of 811 Glen Street (upper) in Janesville. He is described as being 5’10” tall with green eyes and brown hair.

Investigators learned early Thursday that Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues.

Jakubowski also allegeldy made threats to steal weapons and to use them against public officials or at an unspecified school.

As a result, area schools have been notified and the search efforts for Jakubowski have been supplemented by several additional agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and all local law enforcement agencies.

 Jakubowski is considered a suspect in both incidents and is currently wanted by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. If anyone has any information regarding Jakubowski’s location, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (608)757-7911.

The Delavan-Darien School District said that buildings will remain in a general lockdown. Classes will resume as normal. All facilities will be locked, and police have increased their presence in and around our buildings. Only students and staff will be allowed into and out of the schools until further notice.

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