While driving around Shelton, planning an apocalyptic scheme to blow up a Wal-Mart and gas stations, Larry Gillette, 53, allegedly held forth on his plans to use the explosions as cover for bank heists.
The other person in the car was an undercover officer working with an FBI task force, according to a statement Tuesday from the U.S. Attorneys Office.
The plan occurred to Gillette while serving time in prison for identity theft, the statement said, and he discussed it with other inmates.
After his release April 14 he made contact with the undercover officer in hopes of recruiting his help, the statement said.
Gillette had intended to cause as much carnage as possible with the bombings and robberies.
“The plot allegedly anticipated that while first responders were busy with the bombings, Gillette would rob three banks,” the statement said. “Gillette indicated he wanted the maximum loss of life to occur in the bombings and the bank robberies.”
The undercover agent gave Gillette four Glock handguns; Gillette apparently was unaware the guns were modified so they would not fire.
Gillette was arrested, however, when he met again with the agent and attempted to ignite a car bomb.
“The ‘bomb’ was inoperable,” the statement said.
The agent belonged to the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, which includes personnel from the FBI and Seattle Police. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the Shelton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped on the case.
Gillette was charged in federal court with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.