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Man faces charges in four armed robberies

An Ironton man who was arrested earlier this week in connection with a hold up in Scioto County has also been charged with four armed robberies that occurred this week in Ironton.

Anthony Bland, 38, is accused of robbing the Speedway at Liberty Avenue and State Route 141 on Sunday and Monday, and then robbing Paula's Beauty Salon and Buster's 44 Gulf station on Third Street later in the day.

Ironton Police Department Patrolman Jim Akers said a knife was used in all four robberies.

"Fortunately no one was hurt," Akers said.

Bland remains in the Scioto County Jail, charged with aggravated robbery there as well. He is accused of using a knife to hold up a BP station in Wheelersburg shortly after committing the robberies in Ironton. He and a companion, Melissa Jones, of Ironton, were apprehended a short time later by Scioto County Sheriff's deputies. Jones was charged with complicity to robbery in the Scioto County hold up. Akers said Jones was not involved in the Ironton hold-ups and apparently linked up with Bland shortly before he went to Scioto County.

Ironton Police Capt. James Carey also participated in this investigation.