Investigators break up man's plan to bomb Shelton businesses



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Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 10:29 PM

Federal investigators say they broke up a man's twisted plot to commit bombings and bank robberies in Shelton.

Larry Gillette, 53, allegedly told an undercover officer he wanted to kill as many people as possible

Court documents say he came up with that plan while serving time behind bars for an identity theft conviction and had spent the last nine years plotting out every last detail.

He was released from jail on April 14th, 2014.

Just a few days later, he bought weapons and expressed interest in buying explosives from a man he thought could help him with his crimes.  It turns out that man was an undercover officer working for the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force.

According to court documents, the FBI was acting on a tip from an informant who had served time with Gillette.  He said Gillette told him he was going to carry out the bombings and the bank robberies in Shelton, after his release from jail.

Gillette allegedly wanted to plant powerful bombs at several businesses throughout Shelton, and then set them off and use them as a diversion as he committed bank robberies.

Gillette was arrested Monday, and according to court documents, federal agents have him on audio and video, describing his plans for both the bombings and the bank robberies.

He is charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Prosecutors say he could face up to 20 years in prison.