James Marvin Carty

The Drew County Sheriff’s Office, following up on a tip while working on a local investigation, helped solve an armed robbery in Colbert, Okla.

James Marvin Carty, 64, of Kemp, Okla., was arrested Tuesday night in Drew County on a warrant for an Oklahoma armed robbery and a parole warrant from Texas where he served 30 years of a life sentence for murder and robbery.

While investigating a local crime, Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober received information that a man involved in the July 12 armed robbery of a convenience store in Texas or Oklahoma was living in Drew County. The informant wasn’t sure if the robbery occurred in Oklahoma or Texas, but was able to provide some information.

After conducting an Internet search using the details that were provided, Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office, learned the robbery took place in Oklahoma and was able to get images of the suspect and vehicle.

The suspect was identified as James Marvin Carty, 64, of Kemp, Okla.

Carty and his son, James Michael Carty, reportedly entered a convenience store in Colbert, Okla. on July 12 and took a cash register containing more than $1,000.

The Drew County Sheriff’s Office placed under surveillance a local residence where Carty was located and contacted Oklahoma authorities. The vehicle was located at the Pine Haven Trailer Park in Drew County.

Investigators from the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, Drew County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. marshals from Texas subsequently arrested Carty at his new residence in Drew County. He was arrested on a warrant for the Oklahoma robbery and a parole warrant from Texas.

Carty waived extradition to Oklahoma.

Carty’s son was arrested on July 16 in Denison, Tex. He is facing charges for the Oklahoma robbery and another aggravated robbery in Tennessee.