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by Fairfield County Business Journal
by FCBJ

Teen suspects in Stratford theater fire identified; to be tried as adults

The three teens arrested for starting the fire that destroyed Stratford’s American Shakespeare Theatre have been identified and will be tried as adults.

The aftermath of the Jan. 13 fire. Photo by Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

Juvenile Court Judge Frank Iannotti 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. The three are charged with arson, burglary, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass in the Jan. 13 fire that destroyed the theater, which had been closed since 1989.

Keller allegedly texted his girlfriend that night: “Goodnight we are going to burn down Shakespeare.” In late March, Caraballo’s mother reportedly contacted police with information about how two of his friends were involved with the fire.

The three are also suspects in at least two other arson fires.