EAST ST. LOUIS — A 19-year-old Centralia man faces up to two decades in federal prison after admitting in court he helped steal assault-style rifles and other firearms from a Centralia store in what authorities say was his plot to sell them to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
Dakota Moss pleaded guilty Wednesday in East St. Louis to five felony counts, most of them gun-related.
Authorities say Moss played a role in stealing the firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition during a November burglary of the Buccheit’s store on the west side of Centralia.
Evidence filed in court established that on Nov. 29, 2014, Moss and a juvenile accomplice were armed while inside of Buchheit’s and intended to shoot anyone who interrupted the burglary – including police.
Prosecutors say Moss and his accomplice stole the firearms in order to sell the guns; and that Ferguson, Missouri was among the planned destinations for the weapons.
The charges also state that the two planned on participating in the looting of businesses in the Ferguson, Missouri area, however the plan did not materialize.
Centralia Police and agents from the ATF identified the suspects soon after the burglary and quickly recovered 35 of the 39 stolen guns.