Gun Store Theft Leads to School Lockdown in Wisconsin

"During the course of the investigation non-specific information was received that lead the Janesville Police Department and the Janesville School District to take extra precautions until the burglary suspect is taken into custody", the Janesville Police Department said in a statement.

A man has been identified by the Rock County Sheriff's Office that they are considering a burglary suspect wanted for questioning. "Police describe Jakubowski as a white male, 5'10", green eyes, brown hair.

Five school districts in south-central Wisconsin put their schools on a soft lockdown Thursday because of information Janesville police received investigating a gun shop break-in and theft of guns Tuesday night.

An acquaintance told Janesville police early today, Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently about political issues and made threats to steal weapons and use them against an unspecified "political official" or school, Knudson said. There was a reported vehicle on fire reported a short distance away, on Pennycock Lane.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Janesville police, 755-3100. Jakubowski is the registered owner of the auto. As a precaution to student safety, area schools had been notified of the search.

Again, police said these threats were generic and not at any person or location specifically. The man seeing picking up the gun doesn't match Jakubowski's description.

Jakubowski is considered a suspect and now wanted by the Rock County Sheriff's Office for questioning.

At 10:40 a.m., parents were notified via the emergency alert system (text and email) of the situation, the "soft lockdown" status and the fact there was no immediate threat to the School District of Fort Atkinson.

The FBI, ATF, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and local law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation.

"Additionally the Watertown Police Department is maintaining a visibility and presence at our schools".

  • Larry Hoffman