A Bloomington, Illinois, man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for robbing a Bettendorf credit union and an Illinois bank in 2016.
Anthony Jovon Brown, 33, was ordered to pay to pay $1,615 in restitution to Ascentra Credit Union and $10,860 in restitution to DeWitt Savings Bank in Clinton, Illinois.
He must serve three years of supervised release once he completes his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Brown pleaded guilty last year to two counts of bank robbery in U.S. District Court, Davenport. The bank robbery charge related to the incident in Clinton was transferred from the Central District of Illinois, according to court documents.
According to court documents in the Bettendorf case:
Bettendorf Police were called about 11 a.m. Aug. 18, 2016, to Ascentra Credit Union, 1710 Grant St., for a report of a robbery.
Police learned that Brown walked into the credit union wearing a black floppy hat, black sweatshirt, blue jeans and black Nike shoes with a white "swoosh."
He waited in the lobby until other customers conducting business left. While waiting, Brown retrieved a credit union form that is used for deposits, withdrawals and fund transfers.
He held onto the form in his bare hands while waiting in line. Brown then approached the counter and made a verbal demand for money from the teller.
He produced a paper bag, which the teller filled with $4,646. Brown retrieved the bag but left the form at the teller's window. He left in a gold/brown Chevrolet Impala that was parked in an adjacent lot.
Officers determined that fingerprints found on the transaction form belonged to Brown.
They also compared Brown's driver's license photo to still images taken from surveillance footage at the time of the robbery.
On Aug. 23, 2016, police arrested Brown at his relative's home in Bloomington. Officers found clothing that appeared to be similar to those worn by the credit union robber.
They also found $3,031 in the pocket of a black sweatshirt that was recovered. Part of the money was in a plastic bag, while some was in a cup inside another bag.
Officers also located a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, registered to Brown, in the driveway. Inside, they found a hat similar to the one worn during the credit union robbery.
The next day, Brown was interviewed by Bettendorf police and the FBI at the McClean County Jail. Brown said during the interview that he robbed the credit union and that he used some of the money on food, gas, marijuana and a trip to St. Louis, according to court documents.
According to an indictment filed in the Clinton case, the robbery occurred on July 1, 2016.