McLean man convicted for credit union robbery

Prosecutors: McLean man found guilty of robbery asked friend which bank to rob

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PEORIA, Ill (HOI) -- -

A McLean man faces up to 20 years in prison for the July 2016 robbery of a credit union in Normal.

A federal jury found Scott Books, 34, guilty of robbing the Land of Lincoln Credit Union. Prosecutors said Books was wearing gloves and a partial mask and wielding what appeared to be a gun when he robbed two tellers. The robber fled the scene in a grey Buick SUV. 

One of the tellers said they recognized Books, and the SUV was found at his home in McLean. Police searching his house also found similar shoes and gloves to those described. 

A follow-up investigation by the FBI and Normal Police Department later showed Books had texted a friend, "What bank should I rob today?" on the day of the robbery. 

Sentencing is not yet scheduled. Books is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

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