Pareshbhai R Patel, 40, owner of a Shell gas station in Sandwich Town, Massachusetts, has been charged with planning a robbery in his own business. He hired another man and asked him to use a toy gun to rob the station.
Police apparently thwarted the robbery-for-hire plot by secretly recording Patel, who is now charged with solicitation to commit an armed robbery and solicitation to commit aggravated robbery.
Patel was released from jail after posting $5000 bail. He is to appear in court shortly.
It is not yet clear why Patel planned for his own gas station to be robbed.