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BENTON, IL — A southern Illinois man in his 80s had his first court appearance Friday after authorities say he robbed a bank in Benton, Illinois.

Arthur Bays of Marion, Illinois, was arrested Thursday afternoon after police say he rob the State Bank of Whittington branch in Benton that morning after showing a teller a gun in the waistband of his jeans.

Local 6 got a copy of the criminal compliant Friday. The complaint states Bays told investigators the gun was a toy, and a toy gun was later recovered from a trash can in Bays’ home.

The complaint claims $12,528 was stolen from the bank. The court document says investigators recovered $1,060 from Bays’ right shirt pocket, $41 from his left front shirt pocket, $1,200 from his wallet and $8,528 from a Veterans Affairs pharmacy bag in the trunk of his vehicle. Those amounts total $10,829.

On Friday, federal prosecutors announced that Bays is officially charged with one count of bank robbery. Prosecutors say Bays faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

During his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Benton Friday, Bays was released on bond. Prosecutors did not say what the bond amount was.

On Thursday, police said Bays is 81 years old, but on Friday prosecutors said he is 82.

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