TOWN OF JANESVILLE
Seven handguns were stolen from Armageddon Supplies gun shop after a burglar alarm went off at 9:42 p.m. Monday, Rock County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Christiansen told The Gazette.
Christiansen said officials have no reason to believe the burglary is connected to Joseph Jakubowski, who was convicted in federal court for stealing weapons from the same shop, 2144 W. Highway 14, last spring.
A federal judge sentenced Jakubowski to 14 years in prison in that case. He was found guilty on state charges Tuesday in Rock County Court.
“There’s nothing to indicate it’s connected at this point,” Christiansen said.
The burglary was the third in less than two years. The first burglary came in August 2016; the second was the Jakubowski break-in last April.
Christiansen was told the gun shop installed bars on their doors after it was burglarized last year, but Monday night’s burglar broke a window to enter the shop. The windows were not barred, Christiansen said.
Law enforcement officials have begun reviewing security footage of the burglary. They’re looking for information on an early 2000s tan or beige Chrysler minivan that can be seen in security footage outside the business around the time of the burglary, Christiansen said.
The shop might be a target because it’s outside the city and not many people live around it. After normal business hours, it’s pretty secluded, Christiansen said.
Christiansen said Tuesday evening that one person entered the business, wearing a hoodie and face covering.
So far, detectives have not been able to get a good image that might help identify the burglar, Christiansen said.
Those with information about the crime or the suspected vehicle should call the Rock County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 608-757-7911 or Janesville Area CrimeStoppers at 608-756-3636.
This story will be updated.