By Tiffany Ditto
tiffany.ditto@ardmoreite.com
COALGATE  — The Coal County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man wanted by Ardmore Police for bank robbery after he robbed another bank in Coalgate.
Graham Allen Helms, of Durant, was arrested by Coal County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Davis just 21 minutes after Helms allegedly robbed the bank. Davis responded to a call at 9:26 a.m. Tuesday after a Coalgate bank had been robbed.
Davis began patrolling the area, looking for a vehicle that matched the description of the getaway car when he stopped Helms.
“As I was making the traffic stop, he started reaching down in the floor board,” Davis said. “It got tense for a second. It was a little scary because how often do you see a movie where a bank robbery ends peacefully?”
Davis would later find out that Helms, 29, was reaching down to cover up the money he had taken from the bank.
As Davis stood on the driver’s side of the car, he noticed an air-soft pistol in the back seat, and a note demanding the bank’s $5s, $10s, $20s, and $100s. The note also said that Helms was armed.
“When I got to the window I asked him if he had just robbed a bank, and he said ‘yes sir,’” Davis said.
Coal County sheriff’s deputies took Helms into custody. Law enforcement officials noticed that Helms matched the description of the man who robbed an Ardmore bank Monday, July 24 in the exact same manner. Like the Ardmore robbery, Helms handed tellers a note that demanded money and warned that he was armed. However, a gun was never visible. During the robberies he even wore the exact same clothing, deputies said.
Ardmore Police Capt. Keith Ingle said APD sent an investigator to Colgate to interview Helms, at which point he confessed to robbing the bank.
The FBI took over the investigation and have transported Helms to a different facility where he is now waiting to be indicted, Davis said. Ingle added that he could face felony charges in Carter County on top of the federal charges.