MILWAUKEE

The FBI says it paid a reward for help in capturing Joseph A. Jakubowski, but it won’t say how much was paid or to whom.

The FBI offered a $20,000 reward during the search for Jakubowski between April 4-13. The Janesville man had stolen 18 firearms and two noise suppressors from a Janesville gun shop and then disappeared.

Authorities, fearing Jakubowski might commit an act of mass murder, conducted a massive manhunt.

A landowner in rural western Wisconsin found Jakubowski camping on the man’s land April 9 and later realized he had talked to the wanted man.

The landowner called local authorities, leading to Jakubowski’s capture at the campsite the next day.

The FBI previously had declined to say whether it would pay the reward, but it acknowledged it had done so in an email exchange with The Gazette on Tuesday.

Special Agent Jennifer Walkowski of the FBI’s Milwaukee office cited the Privacy Act of 1974 as the reason for not saying more about the reward. The law “requires that we place more importance on one citizen’s privacy than another’s curiosity,” she wrote.

Jakubowski was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Madison to 14 years in prison for stealing firearms from a firearms dealer and for being a felon in possession of firearms and silencers.

Six firearms were found in Jakubowski’s possession at the time of his arrest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin said in its news release about the sentencing. The rest of the firearms, including an automatic weapon, or machine gun, remain missing.

Jakubowski still faces state charges of burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. A trial is set in Rock County Court on Jan. 22.

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