WI man who's the subject of a manhunt wrote apology before stealing a bunch of guns, charges say

There's a $20K reward for information on where Joseph Jakubowski is.

Before a Wisconsin man stole a bunch of guns from a shop, he wrote an apology to the shop's owner.

That's according to burglary charges filed Tuesday against Joseph Jakubowski, who is the subject of a manhunt by state and federal officials after they say he stole the guns and threatened to use them against public officials or at an unspecified school.

According to the criminal complaint:

Jakubowski dove head-first through a broken window at Armageddon Supplies in Janesville, Wisconsin, on April 4 before taking various items, including 18 guns and two gun silencers.

Not much later, officials found a burning vehicle that belonged to Jakubowski about three miles from the gun shop.

Investigators spoke to Jakubowski's sister on April 6, who said he moved out of the home the morning of the burglary. She also said while cleaning out some things, she found "several items of paperwork," including what seemed to be an apology letter to the gun shop owner.

In the letter, Jakubowski said he wanted to buy guns to protect him and his family, but because he was a felon he wasn't allowed to. He apologized to the owner for taking the guns and thanked the owner for protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans.

More than 150 state and federal officials have been searching for Jakubowski since the burglary, noting he's been "highly agitated" regarding a "variety of political issues." He's also accused of sending a 160-page manifesto to President Donald Trump.

As of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, officials have received 650 tips, and investigators are "actively pursuing" more than 125 tips, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.

Officials describe Jakubowski as "armed and dangerous," asking the public to call 911 right away if they see him. Anyone with general tips or "historical information" is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-225-5324.

The FBI is offering a $20,000 cash reward for information that leads to finding Jakubowski.

For frequent updates on the search for Jakubowski, you can check the Rock County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

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