A 17-year veteran of the Tulsa Fire Department has been arrested in connection with two bank robberies.
Police in Skiatook said they arrested Jerry Ray Brown Monday evening on charges of second degree robbery and possession of stolen property. They allege that he was the suspect in a March 12th robbery at the Oklahoma Capitol Bank in that city.
Sperry police say they suspect Brown of also being the culprit in the robbery of an Exchange Bank branch there on May 7th, and that they will pursue separate charges.
Brown, of Skiatook, was booked into the Osage County Jail in Pawhuska on Tuesday.
In a statement, the Tulsa Fire Department said that they will cooperate with law enforcement, and that Brown has been placed on administrative leave.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said in a statement that he is "deeply disturbed" by the allegations.
A spokesperson for the FBI declined a request for an interview but confirmed that they were involved in the investigation.