Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Wisconsin churches on alert amid hunt for gun theft suspect

Wisconsin churches on alert amid hunt for gun theft suspect

Police had stepped up patrols of church neighborhoods over the weekend after analyzing Jakubowski's 161-page manifesto, which "expressed some anti-religious views", a news release issued through Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden's office stated.

Multiple agencies, including Janesville Police, Rock County Sheriff and the Federal Bureau of Investigation held a press conference Friday morning on the latest on the manhunt for Joseph Jakubowski.

JANESVILLE-A consensual search of a Janesville resident's home Sunday turned up no new information about Joseph Jakubowski, a wanted fugitive who is suspected of stealing firearms from a gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump. As a result, they've beefed up patrols at churches and places of worship, but emphasized that there is no specific threat to any religious group.

That night, police said he stole at least 16 weapons from a gun store, Armageddon Supplies, in Janesville, Wis., which is about 75 miles west of Milwaukee.

Investigators have already followed up on around 400 tips and leads, according to the sheriff's department statement. In a Facebook post, police said they were still trying to determine the man's identity.

Authorities say the suspect, Joseph Jakubowski, remains at large Monday, almost a week after the handguns and rifles were taken from a Janesville store. Local law enforcement and SWAT responded and made contact with a man who lived near there.

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"We're going to constantly revisit that individual and see if they can think of something else that may have been forgotten and what was the motive and some of those type of things", Spoden said.

According to Janesville Police Chief David Moore, over the years, his department has also had multiple run-ins with Jakubowski.

A multi-agency operation involving Wisconsin police, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Secret Service is now underway to apprehend Jakubowski.

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Jakubowski, who is said to be 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Now footage has surfaced of Jakubowski mailing a thick envelope to the White House; authorities say it was a copy of his anti-government and anti-religion manifesto.

Authorities have warned the public not to approach Jakubowski and to call 911 immediately if they spot him.

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