A recently released prison inmate was arrested Monday for plotting to blow up a large store and gas station as part of his bank robbery scheme. A news release from U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan says Larry Gillette, 53 of Shelton is charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gillette allegedly began plotting the bombings and bank robberies while still serving a state prison sentence for identity theft. After being released from prison on April 14, 2014, Gillette described his plot in detail to someone he thought would assist him with his crimes but was in fact an undercover officer working for the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement learned that Gillette told others in prison of his plan to rob banks in Shelton using bombs at various businesses as a diversion during which he would commit violent takeover style robberies. Following his release from prison, an undercover officer posed as someone who could assist Gillette in obtaining weapons and explosives for his plot. On two different occasions in April 2014, Gillette was recorded on audio and video describing his plot to the undercover officer as they drove around Shelton. As described in court documents, the plot involved powerful bombs at Walmart, and Arco and Chevron gas stations. The plot allegedly anticipated that while first responders were busy with the bombings, Gillette would rob three banks. Gillette indicated he wanted the maximum loss of life to occur in the bombings and the bank robberies. At one point in the investigation, Gillette took possession of four Glock firearms. Gillette did not know the firearms had been modified so they would not fire. Gillette was arrested when he met again with the undercover officer, and attempted to ignite a car bomb. The “bomb” was inoperable. Solicitation to commit a crime of violence is punishable by up to twenty years of imprisonment. Being a felon in possession of a firearm is punishable by up to ten years of imprisonment. The case is being investigated by the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force — which includes special agents from the FBI and task force officers from the Seattle Police Department (SPD) — and the SPD Major Crimes Task Force. SPD SWAT, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, and Shelton Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) partnered with the task forces on the arrest and the serving of search warrants.