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Ely bank robbed; CR man charged

ELY– A Cedar Rapids man has been charged after a Friday morning robbery at the Solon State Bank in Ely, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert David Dennis Melton, 50, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with robbery in the second degree, according to Linn County sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County conservation officer located Melton and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where he was taken into custody.
According to assistant patrol commander lieutenant Greg McGivern, the Linn County sheriff’s office received a report at 9:13 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, of a bank robbery at the Solon State Bank in Ely in which a male subject fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
According to witnesses, a weapon was not displayed at the bank. A description of the suspect’s vehicle was given to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department and the Melton was located, McGivern said in a press release.