Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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June 19, 2014

Information leads right to bank robber

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — More information has been released on an Ada area man taken into custody for robbing a Pauls Valley bank last week.

A Pauls Valley police official said 48-year-old Troy Brown was actually arrested back on June 12 but that news was held back until he was formally charged for the robbery.

Derrick Jolley, Pauls Valley’s assistant police chief, said Tuesday the local department received plenty of tips after a man walked in and robbed the First United Bank branch office on the west side of PV back on June 9.

Many of those tips were checked out quickly, but there was one that led officers right to their man.

“It did generate a lot of tips,” Jolley said. “We got several calls here.

“One tip led me to the name Troy Brown in the Ada area.

“The tip is what led us to him.”

Jolley and an FBI agent learned there were a number of possible places where Brown could be living.

They also discovered Brown had a bank robbery conviction years ago in Ardmore.

The big break came as Jolley was watching one of the residences, a duplex in the Ada-Latta area.

“I hadn’t been here an hour when Troy Brown came out of the house,” Jolley said, adding he then followed the suspect as they drove around in Ada.

It was during this drive Jolley learned from the FBI agent that Brown is wanted on a probation violation for his previous robbery conviction.

“We lit him up and he pulled over very quickly,” Jolley said, referring to the traffic stop in downtown Ada.

“He was staring at my badge as I’m calling the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office to update them on the situation,” he said.

“When I got off the phone he says, ‘How did you find me.’ That’s the only thing he said.”

Brown was turned over the U.S. Marshal’s office in Oklahoma City as he now faces a federal bank robbery charge and a probation violation.

Jolley and others later searched Brown’s residence, where they found information on the vehicle used in the robbery.

A search of the vehicle, impounded in Oklahoma City, clinched the deal.

“Everything he was wearing during the robbery, plus the white trash bag, was in the trunk,” Jolley said. He added there was no money found.

As for the robbery itself, the PV officer said surveillance cameras around the local bank in the 2000 block of West Grant got a good look at what happened. The robber first “scouted out” the building before going inside.

“As he approaches he puts the bandana over his face,” he said.

“He walks up to the teller holding a white trash bag open and is demanding money. No weapons were seen.”

He then sprinted back to his car parked at a nearby gas station.

A woman, Brown’s girlfriend, was in the vehicle as it was her who drove to and from the site.

According to Jolley, the woman claimed to know nothing about the robbery.

“She’s definitely a person we’re still looking into.”

After the vehicle left Pauls Valley it got onto Interstate 35 and traveled north to Oklahoma City, where they visited a relative in a hospital.

They then parted ways as Brown returned in a rental car to their Pontotoc County residence two days later.

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