Tulsa firefighter arrested, accused of bank robbery

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa fire captain Jerry Brown has been arrested and booked into the Osage County Jail in connection to a series of bank robberies.

Skiatook police officials told FOX23 that Tulsa Police Department detained him at a Tulsa fire facility and Skiatook Police Department came and took him into custody for a March 12 bank robbery in Skiatook.

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

Brown allegedly stole nearly $60,000 in a robbery at Oklahoma Capital Bank in Skiatook on March 12 -- a bank Brown has an account at.

An affidavit says he robbed the Exchange Bank in Sperry of $260,000 on May 7 -- two days before a witness came forward to report concerns about Brown.

According to the affidavit, Brown does construction by contract and was embezzling money from the construction account.

Investigators say Brown used $30,000 in stolen money to pay back the money he had been caught embezzling from the construction account.

The person he allegedly paid the stolen money to deposited it -- revealing the markings of the same money taken in one of the robberies.

On May 13, investigators say Brown showed up with $13,000 in cash at Oklahoma Capital Bank wanting a cashiers check. The money also had blue and red ink markings on the edge of the bills.

Brown is in jail facing charges for both robberies.

Andy Little with the Tulsa Fire Department confirmed Brown is employed with the fire 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 a 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."

Mayor G.T. Bynum made the following statement about the arrest Monday:

“I appreciate the swift action by the Tulsa Fire Department on this matter and the coordinated efforts among several law enforcement agencies. Allegations of this nature are deeply disturbing, and the City will do everything we can to help with this ongoing investigation.”

The Tulsa IAFF Local 176 released a statement on the incident:

“Tulsa IAFF Local 176 is here for the hard-working men and women of the Tulsa Fire Department who provide life-saving services to the community every day. While we are not able to comment on this ongoing criminal investigation, we are actively monitoring it, and offering support and comfort to a family deeply affected by it.”