Arrest warrants shed light on Shakespeare Theater arson in Stratford

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Arrest warrants obtained by News 8 contain alarming details about one of the arsons to hit Connecticut recently; the fire that destroyed the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford in January.

Police arrested three teens from Bunnell High School in Stratford:

  1. Christopher Sakowicz
  2. Logan Caraballo
  3. Vincent Keller

The arrest warrants include text messages exchanged between the teens and one of the teens and his girlfriend:

Vincent Keller to Christopher Sakowicz: “My brother are (sic) work has made national news they’re talking about this in Atlanta.”

Sakowicz: “HaHa.”   “The whole world will know one day.”

Related: Teens identified, to be treated as adults in Shakespeare Theatre fire

In this text exchange obtained by police, Vincent Keller had this exchange with his girlfriend:

Keller: “Goodnight we are going to burn down Shakespeare “

Girlfriend: “Oh fun don’t die.”

Keller then adds: “DO NOT TELL A SOUL ABOUT TONIGHT.”

Also according to the warrants, one of the teens took home a piece of the theater as a “souvenir” and the teens watched the fire burn from a spot along I-95.

One teen also admits to being present when the Silver Sands Pavilion caught fire in Milford.

They were supposed to be arraigned today at Waterbury Superior Court for another recent fire, an arson at the Southbury Training House; a facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. That arraignment was postponed until Thursday.

Related: FD: 2 teens charged in Shakespeare Theatre fire believed to be connected to West Haven arson cases

“My understanding is that the appropriate paperwork was not done in order to physically have them presented today,” said Frank Riccio, Keller’s attorney.

Riccio was at the Waterbury Superior Courthouse with Keller’s parents, who he says are shocked and blindsided by their son being legally caught up with these fires.

“His parents are crushed,” Riccio said. “They’re wonderful people and it’s a wonderful family.”

The family will be back in court in Waterbury Thursday at 2pm — that’s when the arraignment for the arson in Southbury was rescheduled.

West Haven’s Fire Marshal told News8 there may also be a connection to recent fires in that city.

News8 asked Riccio about that, too. “Other warrants are expected,” he said. “The timing is unknown.”

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