Juvenile Court Judge Frank Iannotti on Tuesday transferred the cases of 17-year old Logan Caraballo, of Shelton and 18-year-olds Michael Keller and Christopher Sakowicz, of Stratford to Bridgeport Superior Court, making their names public.
The three face charges of arson, burglary, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass in connection with the Jan. 13 fire that destroyed the long-closed theater.
Jacqueline Diamond Said, “It was a landmark. It can’t be replaced.”
West Haven Fire Marshal Keith Flood believes there’s a connection between the theater fire and two fires in the city, using “information that was received from the Stratford Police during interviews and subsequent interviews with the West Haven Detective Division. We tried to connect those fires and warrants are pending at this time,” said Flood.
John Misurale said, “At least the West Haven community hopefully can breathe a sigh of relief.”
On February 9th a fire was set to an abandoned home on Richard’s Place. One week later, a second arson burned the old Bilco Factory building on Water Street. Misurale added, if it is the same ones and they’re connected then they are pyromaniacs they got to lock them up if they are 16 or 17 they got to take them off the street.”
On Monday, the first two juveniles were charged in multiple recent arson and burglary incidents in Stratford, including the arson at the Shakespeare Theatre.
Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick said the teens were both 17-years-old at the time and students at Bunnell High School.
Frank Diamond told News 8, “I’d like not to see them charged as adults. But I also want to make sure they get enough penalties so it doesn’t happen again.” Some classmates said they know the students who were arrested.
Britney Szarmach, a student at Bunnell High School said, “He was always nice and like, funny and always try to help the class out. And then he was just going around asking people for money with kids with cancer. And we all thought that was nice of him to do.”
West Haven Fire Marshal Keith Flood said the department also believes that two of the teens are connected to two arsons in the city in February and that charges are pending.
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