Oklahoma firefighter arrested in connection with bank robbery

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Oklahoma fire captain arrested in connection with bank robbers

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Tulsa, Oklahoma, firefighter Capt. Jerry Brown has been reportedly arrested as authorities investigate a series of bank robberies.

According to KOKI-TV, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Monday that a person associated with the Tulsa Fire Department was arrested following an investigation into bank robberies in Skiatook and Sperry.

Skiatook police officials told KOKI that the Tulsa Police Department detained him at a Tulsa fire facility, and the Skiatook Police Department came and took him into custody in connection with a March 12 bank robbery in Skiatook.

Skiatook police said they started investigating after they received several phone calls from people in Skiatook about business activities he was engaged in, which caused them to get the FBI involved.

Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Andy Little confirmed Brown is employed with the department and has been arrested. Brown has been a part of the department for 17 years and will be placed on administrative leave.

Little released the following statement on the incident:

"Today, the Tulsa Fire Department learned that Jerry Brown was under investigation and subsequently arrested by the Skiatook Police Department at approximately 1700 hrs. Brown was arrested on charges of bank robbery, and knowingly concealing stolen property.

"The charges stem from allegations relating to two robberies. The first robbery being investigated took place at Oklahoma Capitol Bank in Skiatook, Oklahoma, on March 12, 2020. The second robbery took place at the Exchange Bank in Sperry, Oklahoma. Skiatook police, Sperry police, Tulsa Police Department and the FBI are involved in the investigations.

"Brown was hired in 2002 and has been employed by the city for over 17 years. He currently serves in the rank of captain and will be placed on administrative leave.

"The Tulsa Fire Department takes allegations of this kind very seriously and is fully committed to working with law enforcement as they continue to investigate this matter. The Tulsa Fire Department holds our responsibility to the citizens of Tulsa in high regard. We continually strive to offer the absolute best life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation services in the Tulsa community. We expect our employees to act in a manner that continuously builds upon public trust we have worked so hard to obtain."

The Skiatook Police Department posted about the March 12 robbery days after the incident.

On March 12, 2020 at approximately 09:30 AM the Oklahoma Capital Bank in Skiatook was robbed. Below is a photograph...

Posted by Skiatook Police Department on Monday, March 16, 2020

It was not immediately known if there were any other charges.

Brown is being investigated in connection with a bank robbery in Sperry on May 7, as well. He had not been arrested for it as of Monday night.

Sperry police shared the following post about the robbery:

This morning at 8:48 a.m the Sperry Exchange Bank was robbed. If you recognize the suspect in this picture or the vehicle please contact us. You can remain anonymous.

Posted by Sperry Police Department on Thursday, May 7, 2020

He is in the Skiatook County Jail and will be transferred to the Osage County Jail.

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