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Vernon County reacts after Jakubowski manhunt

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Published: Apr. 15, 2017 at 10:26 PM CDT
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VIROQUA, Wis. (WMTV) -- The hunt for Joseph Jakubowski may have drawn to a close, but for Vernon County Sheriff's department, the work - and questions - are just beginning.

"There's still going to be a lot of tips that will come in, people that may have seen him, and they've all got to be followed up on."

Like many, Vernon County Sheriff John Spear is relieved that Jakubowski is no longer on the run - but since being captured, few details have been released about whether he acted alone, where he stashed the 18 guns he stole (some guns were found in his tent) or how he made it to western Wisconsin.

While many were surprised at where the search ended, gun shop owner Rick Mommaerts said a rumor was drifting around that Jakubowski was headed their direction. For him, it's a reminder of why monitoring the traffic around Highway 14 Antiques and Firearms is so important.

"You know, just having a watchful eye with people that come into the shop. You can tell if they're a little odd. We've had a couple of incidents that are a little unsettling," says Mommaerts.

"It's a changing world. You have to stay on top of this at all times. You really do."

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