CLIFTON - The manager of a popular diner in Passaic County has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot.
Authorities say 45-year-old Georgios Spyropoulos, who manages the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, tried to have his uncle killed. His uncle is the manager of the Tick Tock in Manhattan and co-owned both restaurants.
Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says it's believed Spyropoulos wanted to steal a large amount of cash that his uncle, Alexandros Sgourdos, kept in a safe.
"Motivated by greed, Spyropoulos allegedly had planned in great detail how he would have his uncle tortured, robbed and murdered, and he had enlisted two men who he thought were going to carry out his ruthless plot," says Chiesa. "Fortunately, the state police were able to completely ensnare him in his own diabolical trap."
Police learned about the plot from an informant who Spyropoulos allegedly approached to help him hire a hit-man. Chiesa says Spyropoulos provided a gun and a down payment of $3,000 to an undercover trooper posing as a hit-man.
Spyropoulos allegedly offered to pay the "hit-man" $20,000 to kidnap his uncle and to make sure to get the combination to his uncle's safe before killing him. He also allegedly instructed the undercover trooper to kill the victim's wife if she witnessed anything.
The Clifton diner manager is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Passaic County jail.