A Youngstown man was charged with selling automatic weapons stolen from a Market Street gun dealer to confidential informants working with federal agents.
Emmett Perkins III, 47, was charged by federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents with illegally possessing unregistered firearms and possessing guns as a felon.
He entered no plea Thursday at his initial appearance in U.S. Northern District court in Akron and his case was bound over to a federal grand jury.
An affidavit for Perkins’ arrest says a confidential informant told agents Perkins, who is also known as “Peanut,” was selling heroin and guns in Youngstown.
ATF agents wired the informant with audio and visual recording devices to buy guns three times from July 20 to Oct. 3 at two locations in the city.
The affidavit says the informant bought a pistol on July 20, a revolver on Aug. 3 and three automatic weapons on Oct. 3.
The affidavit says the three automatic weapons were stolen from the High Powered Armory on Market Street which was burglarized in September.
Brett McFarland, 23, was indicted for breaking into the gun store and stealing 33 guns. Police and ATF agents who investigated the case said two men were caught on surveillance video breaking into the business and stealing the guns. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 18.
The second person has never been charged.
Perkins, according to a search of court records, was convicted in 1995 with two counts of aggravated assault and intimidating a witness or victim in Summit County Common Pleas Court. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
He was sentenced to three more years in prison for drug trafficking in Mahoning County and was taken off probation June 10, a month and 10 days before the federal investigation began.
He also was convicted in 2005 for intimidation and domestic violence in Summit County. Charges of intimidation, felonious assault domestic violence and child endangering against Perkins were dropped by Summit County prosecutors in 2010.
A relative of Perkins, Emmett Perkins IV, is serving 10 years in prison for fatally shooting his uncle Frank Whitted, 28, on Feb. 13 during an argument on Youngstown’s South Side.