Duo charged in robbery

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 25, 2003

Two Lawrence County resident have been charged in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience mart in Scioto County.

Authorities said they are talking to Ironton police about whether the same two people are responsible for robberies that have happened in the city.

Scioto County Sheriff's deputy Phil Malone said Melissa Jones and Anthony Bland, both of Ironton, were arrested last Monday night. Jones is charged with complicity to aggravated robbery, Bland is charged with aggravated robbery. Malone said Bland is accused of going into the BP station in Wheelersburg and brandishing a knife to get money.

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"That is a high traffic area for us and we had a deputy on the scene almost immediately," Malone said. "Jones and Bland were arrested very soon after. We are looking into other situations they may have been involved in and Ironton police are talking to them as well."

Two area businesses were the victims of armed robberies Monday. Both were held up by a man wielding a knife.

At 5 p.m., police received a call that Paula's Beauty Shop at 107 South Second St. was robbed of $6. People there told authorities the suspect fled the scene on foot, headed in the direction of Big Lots. The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s or early 30s, approximately 5 feel 8 inches tall, slender build with dirty blond hair. The man wore a blue bandanna around his face and carried a knife with a 6-8 inch long blade.

Less than 15 minutes later, employee Paul Carmon called police to say that Buster's 44 Gulf Station, 2829 South Third Street, had also been robbed. The knife-wielding suspect got away with $200.

Witnesses gave police a license plate number and said the man left in a brown and tan truck. The suspect in this hold up was described as a white male, medium build, 5 feet 10 inches tall with dark hair.

These two incidents come on the heels of an armed robbery Sunday morning at the Speedway at Liberty Avenue and State Route 141.