An Ashland man was arraigned Monday on robbery and drug charges for allegedly being the armed man who recently held up three convenience stores in Medford and Ashland over a span of less than a week.

An Ashland man was arraigned Monday on robbery and drug charges for allegedly being the armed man who recently held up three convenience stores in Medford and Ashland over a span of less than a week.

Scott Michael Jones already was awaiting an Aug. 23 trial on unrelated methamphetamine charges when he was arraigned Monday on four counts of second-degree robbery and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack set Jones' bail at $1 million. Jones remained in jail Monday.

The charges allege Jones walked into each of the convenience stores, showed the clerks a handgun stuffed into his waistband and demanded money before running away with undisclosed amounts of cash, according to the Medford Police Department.

The robberies occurred June 17 at the Minute Market at 407 N. Main St. in Ashland, on June 21 at the Minute Market at 601 E. Main St. in Medford and Thursday at the Circle K store at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Barnett Road, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

Jones was arraigned Monday on four counts of second-degree robbery because two clerks were on duty at the Ashland store when the robbery occurred and both were considered by police to be robbery victims, Hansen said.

In each case, clerks told police that Jones did not point the weapon at them, Hansen said.

A cooperative effort between detectives in Ashland and Medford led to Jones being fingered as the suspect in all three robberies, Hansen said. Jones was arrested Friday after he was questioned at the Medford Police Department, Hansen said.

No weapon has been recovered, Hansen said.