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Wisconsin churches on alert amid hunt for gun theft suspect

Wisconsin churches on alert amid hunt for gun theft suspect”

Joseph Jakubowski has been on the run since Tuesday, when police say he broke into the Armageddon Gun Shop in Janesville, south of Madison, and stole 16 high-caliber rifles and handguns.

He added that the suspect had acquired a bulletproof vest and a helmet and was considered "armed and highly risky".

Wisconsin authorities are working with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Secret Service to find Jakubowski, who has been missing since Tuesday - the same day he allegedly mailed the manifesto, burglarized the gun shop and set his auto on fire, the law enforcement source said.

Authorities said they were increasing security presence at local churches because of "anti-religion sentiment" contained within a 160-page manifesto they believe was written by Jakubowski and sent to Trump at the White House.

The White House has not commented on Jakubowski's manifesto. He remains at large Monday morning, according to Rock County sheriff's dispatcher Jenna Winiarski.

A number of possible sightings of Jakubowski were reported over the weekend, though none of them were confirmed, according to CBS affiliate WISC.

Earlier in the week, police said a man matching Jakubowski's appearance visited the Bethlehem Lutheran Church to ask about services, but it was later confirmed that he is not the suspect.

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Law enforcement received a report of a man near St. Mary's Church on East Wall Street loading weapons into a vehicle's trunk.

The additional federal agents were added to the over 150 local, state and federal officers looking for Jakubowski since Thursday, when the first threats were made to Janesville schools, Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said Monday.

A phone call to the department was not immediately returned.

Investigators have followed up on about 320 tips as this manhunt continues.

Later that night, his truck was found nearby engulfed in flames, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Many schools in the area are on spring break this week and are not open, Fox reported.

Aiding local law enforcement in the search is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S.

Janesville Police Chief Dave Moore (l.) and Janesville School District Superintendent Karen Schulte address reporters on events leading to the soft lockdown of schools.

. Direct sightings of Jakubowski, who is considered "armed and unsafe", should be reported to 911, while tips and historic information about him should be called into 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).

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