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Ardmore police link suspect to two bank holdups

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COALGATE, Okla. -- A North Texas resident is under arrest after allegedly admitting to two bank robberies in southern Oklahoma.

Ardmore police say they believe Graham Helms of Allen, Texas, was responsible for a holdup at the IBC Bank in Ardmore on July 24.

"We had video," said Ardmore police Capt. Keith Ingle. "We were able to use that video to start putting it out into the public and getting leads."

On Tuesday, the Shamrock Bank in Coalgate was held up.  Coal County deputies, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Coalgate police began to search.

"We were there so quick," Coal County Deputy Nic Davis said. "The call came out -- and it's literally across the street from us -- and we were just on top of him so quick."

Ardmore, Coalgate bank holdup suspects
Police released surveillance photos showing a bearded suspect in the IBC Bank holdup (left) and the Coalgate robbery. (KTEN)

The deputy said the description of the Shamrock Bank holdup man matched the bulletin issued by Ardmore police.

"I located the vehicle, made a traffic stop on him," Davis said."He wore the exact same clothes to rob the Coalgate bank as he did to rob the Ardmore bank. Exact same clothes," Davis said.

Helms, 29, was under arrest. "Came right out and he apologized, and he confessed to everything he did here in Coalgate," Davis said. "Then later confessed to everything he did in Ardmore."

"We will be obtaining an arrest warrant to bring him back to Carter County to face those charges," Ingle said, adding that federal bank robbery charges will be filed in connection with the Coalgate holdup.

"Coal County deputies did an excellent job of closing in on the area and getting the guy into custody," Ingle said.

Helms is currently jailed in Muskogee County, according to online records.

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