Belleville man faces firearm charges; explosives found in home

News-DemocratMay 20, 2013 

A 33-year-old Belleville man was charged Monday with reckless discharge of a firearm after an explosives device was found in his home.

Robert J. Perry of the 300 block of North Fifth Street allegedly fired a gun during a domestic dispute Saturday morning, according to police. No injuries were reported during the incident.

During a sweep of the home following the dispute, Belleville police officers located several firearms, ammunition and what appeared to be improvised explosive devices in plain sight. The Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad safely disposed of the explosives, according to police.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating the explosive device found at Perry's residence continues, Belleville police said.

Perry is currently being held in St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $40,000. Perry also had an active felony warrant through Collinsville police.

If convicted of the firearm charge, Perry faces between one and three years in prison.

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