- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A California man working in the North Dakota oil patch has been arrested for allegedly holding up banks in Stanley and Berthold on the same day last month.

Gary Wayne Thomas, of Murrieta, California, is charged in federal court with two counts of bank robbery. He was apprehended Tuesday in Bismarck.

Authorities say the 59-year-old Thomas robbed the BNC National Bank in Stanley shortly after 10 a.m. on Aug. 13, and the Dacotah Bank in Minot shortly after 3 p.m. the same day.

Court documents show that Thomas has a previous conviction for bank robbery in Arizona in 2007.

A federal public defender could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

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