Police release names of 3 teens arrested in connection to Shakespeare Theatre fire

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STRATFORD -

Police have released the names of the three teens they say were involved in the fire that destroyed the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

Police released their names Tuesday after their cases were transferred to adult court. They are 18-year-old Vincent Michael Keller, of Stratford; 18-year-old Christopher Sakowicz, of Stratford; and 17-year-old Logan Caraballo, of Shelton.

All three have been charged with first-degree arson in connection with the fire.

Police say the same teens set a truck on fire. Stratford officials say they are working with fire departments from nearby communities that are investigating other recent suspicious fires to determine if the teens could be linked to those fires as well.

Officials say the suspects were processed at the Stratford Police Department and were turned over to the court.

Mayor Laura Hoydick praised the town of Stratford's detectives, fire marshals and also the state fire marshal's office for their "amazing" work on the case.

State Rep. Joe Gresko added if the allegations prove correct it'll give the town a sense of closure.

Police say that their investigation is ongoing.

As News 12 has reported, the Shakespeare Theatre opened in 1955 and was modeled after the Globe Theatre in London. Well-known actors like Katherine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer and Christopher Walken performed at the theater in its prime.

The theater burned to the ground in a raging fire back in January.

The mayor of Stratford says she has learned that insurance money will be paid out, and it's estimated to be more than $1 million. But a debate is continuing over what will be built at the site in the future.

 

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