BRIDGEPORT — The case against three Stratford teenagers accused of setting fires in four communities on a whim — including the blaze that burned the American Shakespeare Theatre to the ground last year — was continued Thursday for more discussion between the lawyers and the prosecutor.
During the brief court hearing Thursday afternoon, 18-year-old Christopher Sakowicz, the only one of the three being held in lieu of bond, was brought before Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander.
The judge set a new court date of April 29 for Sakowicz, 18-year-old Vincent Keller and 17-year-old Logan Caraballo.
Neither the lawyers nor Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Howard Stein would comment after the hearing.
In addition to the Jan. 13 fire that destroyed the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, the three teens are charged with the Jan. 15 fire in a vacant building at the Southbury Training School, the Feb. 8 fire in a vacant house on Richards Place in West Haven, the Feb. 17 fire at the former Bilco Co. in West Haven, the March 9 fire at Good Earth Tree Care on Longbrook Avenue in Stratford that destroyed a truck and the March 24 fire that damaged construction trailers at Silver Sands State Park in Milford.
A fourth teen has also been charged in connection with at least some of the fires but he is being treated as a juvenile and has not been identified publicly.
Following the theater fire, police said the teens posted a video admitting they set the fire on SnapChat that was circulated around Bunnell High School where both Sakowicz and Keller are seniors.
Police said Sakowicz and Keller later admitted to setting the fires.
“During the interview, Christopher (Sakowicz) became very animated and excited talking about fire and different patterns fires make in various settings,” police said.
Police said Sakowicz told them that the teens had broken into the theater basement through an unlocked rear door and that he had lit the fire using gasoline he had brought with him. On the way out of the burning theater, Sakowicz told police he had grabbed a security alarm panel as a souvenir.
Sakowitz and Keller later rode their bicycles to the theater site to watch it burn, police said.